Britain’s most senior Muslim police officer is preparing to sue his own force for racial discrimination. Assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur is expected to issue formal proceedings, taking Scotland Yard to an employment tribunal, imminently.
He is known to have been opposed to the proposal to extend detention of terrorism suspects without charge to 42 days, an idea championed by the Met commissioner, Sir Ian Blair.
Its big news because Tarique Ghaffur, and I’ve talked to him plenty of times, was always incredibly loyal the force. Even at the height of the Forest Gate raid and the subsequent rubbish peddled in the media, he would not criticise the force. He genuinely felt that most Muslims had to engage further with the police and the guy was basically everywhere trying to do good publicity for the Met. And for that reason, this is a bombshell. The article adds:
If as expected Ghaffur sues his force it will send shockwaves among ethnic minority officers across the entire police service. He has mentored many, and the prospect of the country’s most senior Muslim officers claiming the police are prejudiced at a time when counter-terrorism officers are trying to increase the trust British Muslim communities have in officers, will be nothing less than damaging.
Shockwaves indeed. Ian Blair is a foolish man for losing such an important person.
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