Met police officers ‘used racist Facebook group

An investigation has been launched into claims that Metropolitan police officers used a secret online forum to air racist views about ethnic groups.

A Met spokesman said concerns were raised about comments made on a Facebook group with the directorate of professional standards (DPS) in April.

Representatives of the Traveller community contacted police in June about the same Facebook group and these complaints were being looked at in detail as part of the DPS assessment, the spokesman said.

Some of the comments were made during a discussion in March about the BBC Trust’s decision to clear Jeremy Clarkson and other Top Gear presenters of wrongdoing for their use of the word “pikey”, a derogatory term for Travellers, according to the Independent on Sunday.

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