Black and Asian members of the police charge that many specialist squads are “closed shops” which are dominated by white middle-aged men who prefer those similar to their point of view that a good policeman works hard, plays hard and drinks a lot of alcohol. A new report: “Police and Racism: What has Been Achieved 10 Years After the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry? identifies continuing problems of racism including low retention of ethnic minority officers. About 6.1% of ethnic minority officers quit or were sacked in 2007 after less than six months of service compared to 3.1% of their white colleagues. A black officer who applied to work as a race and diversity trainer was told: “I’ve got my black one.”
The report also notes continued prejudice against gay officers. The famous Stephen Lawrence case involved the murder of a black man by a gang of young white men and police approached the case from the perspective that Lawrence somehow had provoked a gang to kill him.
The continuing halt and search of blacks and Asians in England continues, but it is even worse when one considers prejudice impacts who can become a member of the police, and once hired, what are opportunities for advancement.
Heck, Prince Harry goes around calling people “Paki” and “Raghead” so why should anyone expect anything different from members of the police?