Press TV, London
Black community leaders demanding immediate action to reform Britain's largest Police force coinciding with an official report into the Metropolitan Police by victims' rights and social welfare expert Louise Casey.
In her 363-page report, she describes the whole force as homophobic, mysogynistic, and racist. Central to her findings, the Met's failure in its duty to vet officers and protect women and children. It was exactly that failure that prompted the report.
In March 2021, Wayne Cousins- a serving metropolitan police officer abducted tortured raped and killed Sarah Everard. Cousins was jailed for life. His conviction prompted another woman to come forward accusing another officer: David Carrick- convicted of raping 12 victims over 17 years.
Police Commissioner Mark Rowley has welcomed the report but stopped short of accepting the force he leads is institutionally racist.
On the whole, the report is condemning of this big organization pointing to the fact that it has lost of public confidence and consent, and that it has to wake up own up to the problems plaguing it and engage in wholesale across the board reforms.
Black community leaders though say they're concerned the reform may not go far enough.
In February, the charity- Inquest- found that black people are seven times more likely than white people to die after being restrained by the police.
The report is a wake-up call for the metropolitan police. Its author, as do these minority community leaders, says her recommendations are not to be picked from but to be implemented, without them, she says, the force may need to be disbanded.
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