Racist Arresting Officer Recorded in UK

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  1. skunk, Mar 31, 2012
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    The guy arrested had the presence of mind to record his "interview" on his mobile phone:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2012/mar/30/police-officer-recording-black-man

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/30/police-racism-black-man-abuse

    ...just in case our American members feared they had a monopoly on stupid racist cops.
     
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    I'm curious as to why he waited ~7 months to release the recording? :confused:

    The article said he filed a complaint in August 2011, right? Why not reveal the recording then?
     
  3. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Glad that he recorded it. Hope they take that piece of crap off of the force.
     
  4. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    Why would he not wait until the right moment for maximum impact?
     
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    IMO, it doesn't look good. The article also stated he had a prior record too, right?
     
  6. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Maybe doesn't look good to you. If someone had a record or not how would that justify the cops actions
     
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    I'm not justifying the actions of police. I'm just saying, IMO, it doesn't look good or help his case.
     
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    Absolutely agree.

    However during the recording he responds to the racist abuse by saying, "I'm not bothered, I get it all the time", yet his lawyer says he's devastated and having flashbacks. He now says he wants justice, which I guess means compensation. Sack any officers involved and move on.
     
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    You know what ? I think you're questioning whether what he said is true.


    Tell me I'm wrong.
     
  10. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    Maybe there are many more like them. And his prior record, if he has one, is completely irrelevant. His expectation of justice should be the same as anyone else's. How can anyone expect justice if their treatment is so openly prejudiced?

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    His case is that he was racially abused. Unless the recording is an out-and-out forgery, his case seems rock solid to me.
     
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    You're wrong.

    What happens now? :rolleyes:

    It does to me as well.

    I'm just curious to his motivations for releasing it so late.
     
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    What exactly did you mean by "it doesn't look good", then? :confused:
     
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    I simply go on not believing you. :)
     
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    You know what ? I think you're questioning whether what he said is true.
     
  15. iJohnHenry, Mar 31, 2012
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    Perhaps he held it a leverage, should false charges have been levelled as a result of him being stopped?

    Once that time period passed, he was free to proceed with releasing it.
     
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    Brilliant deduction my dear Watson. :p

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    Police call a guy racial slurs. First thing pops into my mind is how long it took to to public.

    Now that, really doesn't 'look good'.
     
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    Here, using tools commonly found in most homes, the typical American couple can make a new potential racist in about 9 months. Is it about the same in your country?
     
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    "Tools" being the operative word.
     
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    Just thought it's worth mentioning that the tape was probably handed in a while ago (The Guardian doesn't really give specific dates so I'm assuming here).

    I'm going on the fact that they are reviewing this case because it had already been decided that no action would be taken against the officer (who is now suspended).

    Also believe me when I say that that judiciary system here is a bit...slow.
     
  21. Peterkro, Mar 31, 2012
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    The guy took the case to the "Independent" Police Complaints Authority who referred it to the Crown Prosecution Service who declined to prosecute because they said "it didn't alarm or distress the complainant".The guy then took further action to sue the police.I hope I'm not slandering the lawyer involved but I assume they went to the Grauniad to get some leverage to move the case forward.
    This kind of crap is a daily occurrence for black men in the UK and it is by no means the only incidence of this type of behaviour being recorded,normally the victim is fitted up for some crime and disappears into the system.This guy decided to fight back,good for him.
    This I'm sure :rolleyes: you'll agree explains the delay.
     
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    Its sad to see that in 2012 we have so many stupid people living among us that judge someone by their skin color.

    I know when I was born I didn't get to pick my skin color, gender, sexual orientation, where I was born, etc and I know no one else did either....
     
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    I got to choose my color :p

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    There are two problems with this, firstly it's very easy to be glib while undergoing trauma yet it still screw you up, I say this from personal experience. Secondly, semantically his statement could be true yet not contradict the assertion that he suffered trauma could still be valid, given the case that he could be told that all the time by the public but in this case a police officer said it, causing him to fear those in a position of legal authority over him.
     
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    To be fair i'm not sure how much better poor whites do either.
     

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