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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.”

Race Issue Divides British Police

The resignation o Sir Ian Blair as head of the Metropolitan Police continues to raise issues concerning the extent of alleged discrimination against black and Asian police officers in London. Two of Blair’s top level Asian assistants have charged he did not do enough to counter racism in the London police. Britain’s first black chief constable now also claimed minority officers have to work twice as hard as their white peers to gain recognition. Remarks by Mike Fuller, Chief Constable of Kent, are to be broadcast tonight in a Panorama program which reveals more than 70 percent of black policemen and women say they have been subjected to racism at work.

The Black Police Association(BPA) is called for a recruitment boycott of the Metropolitan Police. It says it will actively discourage potential applicants from joining a force marked by a “hostile atmosphere where racism is allowed to spread.” Mr. Fuller, who joined the Kent Police as chief constable four years ago after having spent 30 years with the Metropolitan force, says there is a “real problem of minority officers in senior ranks coming through.”

The continual complaints from Asian and Black officers certainly require an independent group to evaluate the entire situation.

London Police Chief Fired By Conservative Mayor

The newly elected Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, fired Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police because he no longer had the confidence of the Mayor. There was great fear this firing meant political factors were now becoming a factor in deciding who will lead the London police. However, Sir Iran Blair finds himself in the midst of several conflicts, including charges from his own subordinates that he has been guilty of prejudice against Asians. This has been controversial questions raised about his administration of the police, but the antics of Mayor Johnson deal with issues that never should be allowed to enter questions of whether or not someone should serve in public office.

Mayor Johnson says it is time for a “clean break and a new start for policing in London. I have made it clear there comes a time in any organization that it is right to give new leadership.” No one could argue with that statement, but without any specific charges being raised, one is left wondering what exactly has Blair done to warrant the firing.