Fragmentation of the police along political, racial, or whatever lines is a desirable development. Disunity among the PIGS makes their defeat more obtainable.
Six white police officers are suing Scotland Yard for racial discrimination claiming they are victims of ‘political correctness gone mad’.
The officers, who are all members of Scotland Yard’s Territorial Support Group, have launched employment tribunal proceedings against the Metropolitan Police after being cleared of an alleged racially aggravated assault.
Yesterday one of the officers spoke out for the first time, accusing the Met of only charging them because the force was ‘terrified’ of being called institutionally racist if it did not act on a complaint by a black officer against a white officer.
In the wake of the 1999 Macpherson Inquiry into the killing of Stephen Lawrence which labelled the Metropolitan Police ‘institutionally racist’, the six officers allege that white officers have been discriminated against.
Their case surrounds an alleged assault of a group of Arab teenagers in June 2007.
PC Mark Jones, was among the six officers who spotted a group of youths allegedly mouthing obscenities at them as they were on patrol in central London.
When they came to a stop, three teenagers were allegedly taken into the van.
PC Jones was accused of swearing and kicking one teenager and walking over another youth as he lay handcuffed on the floor of the vehicle.
His colleague was accused of threatening behaviour and four other officers were alleged to have covered up the incident.
The matter came to court because a seventh member of the unit, PC Amechi Onwugbonu, who is black, gave evidence against his colleagues.
PC Jones and the other five officers, Sergeant William Wilson, PC Steven White, PC Giles Kitchener, PC Simon Prout and PC Neil Brown, were cleared at the trial at Kingston Crown Court in the autumn of 2009.
Now they have all launched tribunal proceedings against the Met.
Yesterday Mr Wilson, the sergeant who led the team spoke out after retiring.
He claims he and others were side-lined after the trial.
He said: ‘I feel nothing more than contempt [for the Met]. I feel very angry, very upset about the way I’ve been dealt with.
‘I retired after thirty years and wasn’t spoken to by anybody in any senior position.
‘It makes you feel pretty worthless. I don’t know why I did the thirty years. I could not recommend it as a career to anybody.’
‘I am convinced that there was a panic,’ Mr Wilson told the BBC.
‘It was a black officer making an allegation against six white officers.
‘If it had been a white officer making that allegation, then the matter would have been dealt with in-house there and then.
‘That would have been the end of it.
‘If there is any allegation by any black or ethnic minority person against white police officers, they have gone in completely the opposite direction to the point where it is actually the white officers getting discriminated against.
‘I think they are terrified of this label of institutional racism and they are terrified of being accused of not taking a black officer’s allegations seriously because that could be twisted round to say they are ignoring him because he is an ethnic minority officer.
‘It’s political correctness gone mad.’
In a separate case, PC Jones was one of the four officers cleared earlier this year of attacking terrorist suspect Babar Ahmad during a raid at his home in south London in 2003.
Lynne Burns, who represents the six officers, said: ‘I think this case is a complete embarrassment to [the Met] and really they just want to bury it and for it never to come to court.
‘I have heard what the new commissioner has said about honesty, integrity and transparency – all the things that this case is distinctly lacking. I would really like to meet with him.’
Scotland Yard has denied the allegations.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is committed to ensuring that any allegations of wrongdoing by officers or staff are investigated fairly and proportionately no matter who makes the allegation or against whom it is made.
‘The MPS expects the highest standards of its staff, who are all fully aware that they will be held accountable for their conduct and behaviour.
He added: ‘The employment tribunal claim is stayed pending the conclusion of the independent IPCC investigation; this is outside the control of the MPS.’
Superintendent Leroy Logan, the deputy chair of the Black Police Association said white officers were treated no differently to black officers.
He said: ‘Everyone would be treated the same. They would be given the support and if there were merits in the case, it would be put to the Crown Prosecution Service.
‘Colour is immaterial. If you are a whistleblower, then you need support.’
PC Jones is currently on restricted duties due to an unrelated complaint.
The other four officers have returned to frontline duties.
Mr Wilson and the other five officers in the case still face a separate legal action by the youths who made the original allegation of assault.