London’s top police officer told Brixton residents last night that he ‘can’t be sure’ the Metropolitan Police is not racist.
Speaking at Lambeth College, Clapham Common Southside, last night Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe responded to questions from residents and community leaders including Brixton Splash chairman Lee Jasper.
He was there to set out his view of ‘total policing’ before answering a series of questions from the audience.
Jasper, a former equalities advisor to the Mayor of London, accused the Met of a ‘resurgent and rampant’ level of institutionalised racism. He asked Hogan-Howe: ‘Do you accept that your relationship with black communities is in deep crisis? Because I can tell you that is the case.’
Hogan-Howe replied: ‘I can only say that I hope we’re not, but I can’t be sure we’re not institutionally racist.’
The police boss faced a barrage of questions about racism in the police, with a number of references made to the mobile phone recording which emerged of a ...
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