A 21-year-old black man, arrested during the week of the London riots has described how he was subjected to racial abuse, all recorded on his cell phone, reported BBC News. The incident occurred in Beckton, east London, on August 11, when the man was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. No charges were laid.
Mauro Demetrio accused police officer Alex MacFarlane of making the racist comments in the audio recording, according to The Telegraph. In it, an officer is heard saying, “The problem with you is you will always be a n—–.” The officer continues, saying, “You’ll always have black skin colour,” and then, “Don’t hide behind your colour, yeah?”
Demetrio also said the officer made insulting remarks about his family and his mother, calling her a “whore,” reported BBC News.
“They abused me very badly and I felt like an animal,” he said, according to CNN. “I felt humiliated, and it was the worst experience in my life.”
Another London police officer, Joe Harrington, has been placed on restricted duties after he was allegedly seen kicking a 15-year-old black boy to the ground and then kneeing him, just hours after MacFarlane uttered racial slurs to Demetrio, reported The Guardian. Part of the assault was recorded on CCTV, which has yet to be made available to the public.
Carl Kelvin, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) police complaints department, initially decided no charges should be brought against any of the police officers, according to The Guardian. After being threatened with legal action by Demetrio, the CPS said it would ask a more senior lawyer to reconsider the initial decision, which was partly based on a belief that no alarm or distress was caused by the racial abuse.
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