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Desmond Jaddoo, founder of Birmingham Empowerment Forum, said the relationship between police and the black community was one of “oppressor and oppressed”.
He said: “Trust and confidence in the police is still at its lowest. The problem is some officers are abusing their power.”Of the 146 ongoing police assault investigations in the West Midlands where ethnicity is recorded, 71 complainants are white (49 per cent) and 69 black or Asian (47.5 per cent). Another 83 cases are being investigated where ethnicity is not recorded.
A spokeswoman for the Met said the “vast majority” of its officers carry out their duties “with professionalism and courtesy”.
She said: “The MPS treats each occasion when an allegation is made about a member of its staff extremely seriously and will fully investigate each incident.
The disparity is even worse in the West Midlands where nearly half of assault complaints against police come from black or Asian people – though just 14 per cent of the population is black or ethnic minority.
Ethnicity of the complainant has been recorded in 443 cases.
Where the conduct of staff is proven to have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected, the MPS will take robust action to ensure that its staff are appropriately disciplined and that lessons are learnt.”But the spokeswoman added: “The Commissioner has recognised that there remains a risk that the MPS is still institutionally racist in some of what it does because there remain elements of disproportionality, despite significant progress over many years.”Problems also exist beyond the capital.
The Bedfordshire PCs Christopher Pitts and Christopher Thomas have been suspended on full pay since March last year over their detention of Faruk Ali, a 33-year-old man with learning difficulties.
The pair were cleared of criminal charges but remain subject to an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation.
Next Wednesday is the second anniversary of a separate incident outside a Bedford nightclub that left a young athlete, Julian Cole, paralysed and brain-damaged.
obtained the figures after sending Freedom of Information requests to all 45 UK police forces.