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Newham police officer suspended in London Riots racist abuse inquiry

08:34 31 March 2012

A Newham police officer has been suspended after a Beckton man arrested during the London riots complained that he was subjected to racism, assault and harassment.

The man, 21, who was able to record the police on his mobile phone, has made an official complaint against the officers The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated the officer and two others, and a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

After previously deciding not to press charges, the CPS is reassessing the events in August last year.

A second officer has been placed on restricted duties on an unrelated matter while a third remains on full duties.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that a complaint had been received.

He said: “These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is not acceptable. The MPS’s Directorate of Professional Standards referred this case to the IPCC who are independently investigating.

“Following the alleged incident, three officers were the subject of a misconduct investigation. One of the officers has been suspended in relation to this matter pending the result of the IPCC investigation. One of the officers has been placed on restricted duties on an unrelated matter and another remains on full duties.”

The man from Beckton said he had been made to “feel like an animal”.

Estelle du Boulay, Director of Newham Monitoring Project, the community-based anti-racist organisation that is supporting the man, said: “Sadly, the shocking treatment of this young man is by no means unusual. Stronger accountability is essential to rid the police of unacceptable behaviour. It’s rare to capture and preserve evidence of this kind and we commend the young man’s quick thinking and courage.”

Grace Ononiwu, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the CPS London, said: “Lawyers for the complainant have written to the CPS and asked us to review our decision.

“I have considered the matter personally and directed that all of the evidence should be reconsidered and a fresh decision taken by a senior lawyer with no previous involvement in this matter.

“That process will be completed as soon as possible,” she added.

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