Scotland Yard suspends 8 over racism
06 April 2012, 17:08
London - Scotland Yard says a total of eight police officers have been suspended amid new allegations of racism.
Britain's largest police force said on Friday that it is dealing with 10 new race-related complaints, including an allegation that an officer used a racial slur while arresting a black man in the aftermath of England's riots last August.
Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said 20 officers were being investigated by the country's police standards watchdog and insisted that Scotland Yard "does not tolerate racism".
London police have long attempted to tackle allegations of racism.
A major report commissioned in the wake of the 1993 death of a young black teenager concluded that Scotland Yard was "institutionally racist" and hostile to London's black community.