Assistant police Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur has withdrawn his allegations of racial discrimination against Sir Ian Blair and the Metropolitan Police in return for a settlement:
“A statement confirming the settlement was issued on Tuesday on behalf of Mr Ghaffur, Sir Ian Blair, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Bryan, the Met Police and the Met Police Authority (MPA). It read: “The MPA has paid a sum of money in settlement of Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur’s claims including contractual obligations and a contribution to his legal costs. Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur has withdrawn the proceedings and his claims that Sir Ian Blair and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bryan acted in a racist or other discriminatory way towards him.”
While we will never know the full story, thanks to all the gagging orders, the whole thing leaves an unsavoury taste in the mouth. Either Mr Ghaffur had suffered racial discrimination or not. If so, why isn’t Sir Ian Blair being punished? If not, why is the taxpayer paying Mr Ghaffur compensation, as well as some of his legal costs?
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