An official report commissioned by the Metropolitan Police has found that the force is institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic.
The 36-page report was conducted by Louise Casey and was commissioned after the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by serving officer Wayne Couzens, finding a host of shocking incidents and conclusions.
It warns that “public consent is broken” on having the Met continue to police the streets, with only 50% of people expressing faith or confidence in them, even before the most recent scandals had been made public.
Casey wrote, “Public respect has fallen to a low point. Londoners who do not have confidence in the Met outnumber those who do, and these measures have been lower amongst black Londoners for years.
“The Met has yet to free itself of institutional racism. Public consent is broken. The Met has become unanchored from the Peelian principle of policing by consent set out when it was established.”
One incident highlighted in the report was a Muslim officer having bacon stuffed in their boots and another saw a Sikh officer have his beard cut. It also detailed how current stop and search policies were excessive toward black people.
12% of female officers said they had been harassed or attacked in the workplace and one third said they experienced sexism.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, expressed his support for the report, saying, “The evidence is damning. Baroness Casey has found institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia, which I accept.
“I’ll be unflinching in my resolve to support and hold the new commissioner to account as he works to overhaul the force.”
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