The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating allegations that racist comments were made within a group of Metropolitan Police Service officers.
The IPCC received a referral from the MPS on 4th April 2012, and has now decided to undertake an independent investigation.
The racist comments are alleged to have occurred between January and March and involved three Newham Borough officers.
The three officers involved have been suspended.
“Naturally members of the public are going to have concerns that this again involves officers based in Newham Borough and I have asked the Metropolitan Police Service what measures they have in place to ensure allegations of this nature are not more widespread,” Commissioner Mike Franklin said. “It is right that allegations of racism provoke public outcry which is why I have determined these allegations will receive the full independent scrutiny of the IPCC.”
Commissioner Franklin described the allegations of racism as “very serious” and reassured the Newham community and wider public, that they were “conducting a full, thorough and independent investigation to establish the facts behind these allegations.”
This is the third independent investigation the IPCC is currently conducting involving officers from Newham Borough. The other investigations involve a 15-year-old boy who was allegedly assaulted by an officer at Forest Gate Police Station and an allegation a 21-year-old man was the victim of racist remarks and assault by MPS officers.