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London Police Bias Case Still Alive

The London police force leadership has been charged with bias toward several members of the force who are of Asian background. Tarique Ghaffur, the highest ranking policeman who is of Asian heritage has repeatedly claimed not only he but others of Asian background have been denied advancement due to their backgrounds. Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur vigorously disagrees with reports he has worked out an agreement for a pay off in return for backing away from his charges of racism. The alleged agreement pays him about $600,000 and requires him to sign a gag agreement which forbids further comments concerning racism and bias in the London Police force. However, Mr. Ghaffur, issued a statement that “contrary to the recent reporting in the press at this point in time there has been no settlement in this matter.”

Mr. Ghaffur was suspended in September when he publicly announ ced his intent to sue over racial discrimination and he pointed the finger at Commissioner Sir Ian Blair as the culprit. Ghaffur claims he has documents which have been accumulated over the past several years which conclusively prove there has been bias. Perhaps, the key words in the statement of Ghaffur are, “at this time.”

Scotland Yard Officer Claims Prejudice-Suspended!

Scotland Yard announced that a senior police officer who has made public statements concerning acts of prejudice against him has been suspended. Tarique Ghaffur has been placed on “authorized leave” because of fears his statement about prejudice were affecting the “operational effectiveness” of the force according to Commissioner Ian Blair. Mr. Blair insisted the suspension had nothing to do with the merits of the case now being reviewed, but argued Mr. Ghaffur’s “personal conduct” and his “media campaign” were impacting the entire police force and its ability to conduct operations. Blair made the rather strange comment that the behavior of a police officer who was concerned about prejudice was “having a negative impact on the London 2012 security programme and risks undermining confidence in it.” Huh?

The head of a police force should be concerned with morale, but to use a case of possible discrimination and somehow link it to the 2012 Olympics is rather a stretch. Alfred John, chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association said Mr. Ghaffur was being ?victimized” by Blair. “The message that this send to black and minority officers and staff is clear -exercise your right to challenge unfairness and discrimination at your own peril. It would be interesting if Mr. Blair would reveal the number of officers who have been placed on “leave” because they brought charges against any aspect of the police department.

Mr. Blair insists he still wants to resolve the complaint using a mediation process, but suspending someone who makes a complaint is hardly the way to achieve a mediated solution to a conflict. Last month, Mr. Ghaffur held a press conference to detail allegations of race, religious and age discrimination that have been made against the police force. He was told by the deputy police commissioner to “shut up.”

Perhaps, Mr. Blair could try another approach — expedite the entire process and get the hearing and resolution in a shorter time period.