Met Commissioner admits force ‘not free of discrimination, racism or bias’

The Metropolitan Police commissioner has said she feels “very sorry” that trust among Black communities is so low, as she admitted her force “is not free of discrimination, racism or bias”.Cressida Dick issued a statement as the force outlined plans for 40% of new recruits to be from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) from 2022.It comes as London mayor Sadiq Khan published an action plan to address concerns over the use of police powers affecting Black Londoners, including stop and search and the use of Tasers. It also comes after the mother of Stephen Lawrence argued “that there has been very little change” in the Metropolitan…

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Met apologises over journalists threatened with arrest while covering protest

Scotland Yard has apologised after journalists and photographers covering an anti-lockdown protest were told to leave and threatened with arrest.Journalists at the demo protesting the new national lockdown in England in Trafalgar Square on 5 November were reportedly told by officers they were not seen as essential workers and needed special permission from the Met Police to be present.The reported incidents took place as police clashed with protesters in the capital on the first day of the month-long second lockdown.‘Special permission’ The Society of Editors (SoE) has written to the Home Office and Met Police seeking “urgent clarification” that photographers and journalists will be able to cover protests…

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Met Police criticised after arresting 190 protesters and threatening journalists

Police have arrested 190 anti-lockdown protesters as hundreds of people marched through the streets of central London on the day tougher coronavirus (Covid-19) rules came into force in England. Officers also threatened members of the press who were covering the event, claiming they needed their permission to cover the protest.RestrictionsOfficers urged demonstrators to go home as they took to the streets near Trafalgar Square on the evening of 5 November, warning those who had gathered that they were breaching coronavirus restrictions.Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to walk up The Strand soon after 6pm, chanting “freedom” and “no more lockdown”. Trailed by a large…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s shocking suspension is met with an outpouring of solidarity on social media

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended, “in light of his comments” in response to an investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s investigation, published on 29 October, found Labour responsible for “unlawful acts of discrimination and harassment” in its handling of allegations of antisemitism. In his statement following the release of the report, Corbyn said he regrets it took “longer to deliver that change than it should,” but that: the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated. This comment led to his suspension from the party. Corbyn told followers that he will “strongly contest” Labour’s decision to suspend him.…

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Met Police urged to withdraw ‘misleading and unlawful’ advice to pubs

Scotland Yard is being urged to withdraw the “misleading and unlawful” advice that pubs should ask for photo ID to stop households mixing.The Metropolitan Police sent a letter telling business licence holders they should take steps to ensure groups were only from one household or part of a support bubble.This could include asking for photo ID with names and addresses, Met Police added. “Erroneous advice and enforcement activity”But Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said that following legal advice it was urging the Met to withdraw its “misleading and unlawful” advice.He added: The recent communication from the Met Police on October 16 we…

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BOVVER BOYS BACK IN TOWN: Met Police Attacked 77-year-old Lady at Anti-Lockdown Rally

MET Police were slammed last night after video emerged of the force disrupting a peaceful anti-lockdown protest in which a 77-year-old woman was violently shoved to the ground by the Police.In one of the various clips circulating online surrounding the police brutality that took place against the peaceful anti-lockdown protest that took place on the 26th of September, there has been evidence of a 77-year-old woman being aggressively shoved, attacked and pushed to the ground by them during the Trafalgar Square event. The clip itself has so far accumulated over 110K views.Full footage of the lady in green. Some interesting comments on Facebook about this incident pic.twitter.com/6C87oEXJIj— Anna…

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BOVVER BOYS BACK IN TOWN: Met Police Attacked Middle-Aged-Woman at Anti-Lockdown Rally

MET Police were slammed last night after video emerged of the force disrupting a peaceful anti-lockdown protest in which a middle-aged woman was violently shoved to the ground by the Police.In one of the various clips circulating online surrounding the police brutality that took place against the peaceful anti-lockdown protest that took place on the 26th of September, there has been evidence of a middle-aged-old woman being aggressively shoved, attacked and pushed to the ground by them during the Trafalgar Square event. The video itself has so far accumulated over 110K views.Full footage of the lady in green. Some interesting comments on Facebook about this incident pic.twitter.com/6C87oEXJIj— Anna Brees…

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POLICE LIVES MATTER: Tributes paid to Matiu Ratana, the Met Police officer SHOT at in Croydon

TRIBUTES have been paid to a brave Metropolitan Police officer who was killed by a man known to Terror authorities.Sgt Matiu Ratana, 54, died in hospital after the gunman, who was being detained, opened fire at Croydon Custody Centre in south London during the early hours of Friday.The officer, also known as Matt, joined the force in 1991.One friend said the officer was looking forward to retirement and told the PA news agency: “I think he earned his stripes, if you ask me.”Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said he was a long-serving and “much-loved” officer.She described him as “big in stature, big in heart, friendly, capable, a…

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