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Great Britain. House of Lords report: London police are institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic

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London police are institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic and are not capable of self-control, Lousie Casey, an independent member of the House of Lords, the upper house of the British Parliament, wrote in a report published on Monday.

“It’s not our job as a society to protect ourselves from the police. It’s the job of the police to protect us citizens,” said report author Louise Casey, adding: “Way too many Londoners have lost confidence in the police to do that.”

“There is institutional racism, sexism and homophobia, inside organizations when it comes to how officers and employees are treated, and outside organizations when it comes to how communities are treated by the police,” the report said.

London Police Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com

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The author of the 363-page report, who is an independent member of the House of Lords, has called on London’s Metropolitan Police (Met) to make sweeping changes.

There is widespread mobbing in the police

Casey stressed that there was widespread bullying in the police department. “Women officers and female staff routinely encounter sexism and misogyny,” the report said.

“The Met has failed to protect its female employees or members of the public from perpetrators in the police who engage in domestic violence, or from those who abuse their position for sexual purposes,” the report said.

The report was commissioned after a 33-year-old London woman was abducted by a police officer in March 2021 using his badge, then raped and murdered. In February this year, he was sentenced to a long prison term for repeatedly raping a dozen women over a period of almost 20 years.

Main photo source: Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com



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