The Evening Standard reported yesterday:
The claims are made by PCSO Asad Saeed in a race discrimination case and centre on two white PCSOs at Belgravia station who have now resigned from the force after facing charges of gross misconduct. He claims they effectively ran an “apartheid” culture at the station where ethnic minority support officers were threatened with violence by the two white officers. The claims contained in a document to be submitted to the tribunal include the allegations of a â€œwhite van, black vanâ€ for PCSO staff. In particular, he outlines one incident when a black woman PCSO was ejected from one van by a white colleague and told to get into â€œthe black vanâ€. The two men would also play a â€œspot the PCSOâ€ game when a van would drive around at night looking for ethnic minority officers.
There are also claims that one white PCSO â€œboastedâ€ that his family were all members of the British National Party.
Mr Saeed is claiming discrimination after he was sacked by the force in 2007 for allegedly beating up a vagrant outside a McDonaldâ€™s in Victoria Street, Westminster. He was re-instated on appeal last year but his alleged offence was upheld and he has received a final written warning. The Muslim officer is claiming he was set up by a racist clique of white PCSOs backed by police officers at Belgravia station. He states that CCTV footage of the McDonaldâ€™s incident found he acted properly. He accuses the force of failing to investigate his claims of racism at Belgravia and dismissing his case even when one senior officer found evidence of racism by one of the white support officers. An investigation found that concerns about racism at the station were not reported because ethnic minority officers were frightened of one of the white PCSOs and had no confidence they would be investigated. In a significant comment, a panel of officers examining Mr Saeedâ€™s case said the finding was â€œdisturbingâ€ saying the â€œlessons of Lawrence appeared to need re-learningâ€.
Scary stuff. Not sure Trevor Phillips was right to claim that things at the Met Police are alright now. This row has blown up massively in his face.
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