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

make sure you listen to the recording in the link

Scotland Yard is facing a racism scandal after a black man used his mobile phone to record police officers subjecting him to a tirade of abuse in which he was told: "The problem with you is you will always be a nigger".

The recording, obtained by the Guardian, was made by the 21-year-old after he was stopped in his car, arrested and placed in a police van the day after last summer's riots.

The man, from Beckton, east London, said he was made to feel "like an animal" by police. He has also accused one officer of kneeling on his chest and strangling him.

In the recording, a police officer can be heard admitting he strangled the man because he was "a c*nt". Moments later, another officer – identified by investigators as PC Alex MacFarlane – subjects the man to a succession of racist insults and adds: "You'll always have black skin. Don't hide behind your colour."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service on the basis that three officers, including MacFarlane, may have committed criminal offences.

The CPS initially decided no charges should be brought against any of the police officers. However on Thursday, the service said it would review the file after lawyers for the man threatened to challenge the decision in a high court judicial review. MacFarlane has been suspended.

The inquiry began after the victim handed his mobile phone to a custody desk in Forest Gate police station and told officers he had been abused.

Earlier, he had been driving through Beckton with a friend when he was stopped by a van containing eight police officers from Newham borough. London's streets were flooded with police who had been drafted in to contain the rioting.

The officers arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and told him he was being taken to a police station to be searched. After being taken into the van, the man was also arrested for missing a previous magistrates court appearance. No further action is to be taken in relation to the suspected driving offence.

It was once inside the van and handcuffed that the man said he was assaulted by police. He described having his head pushed against the van window and said one officer placed his knees on his chest and began strangling him. "I couldn't breathe and I felt that I was going to die," he said.

The man said he decided to turn on the recording facility of his phone after MacFarlane allegedly made sexually explicit references about his mother and telling him he would be "dead in five years".

In the recording, the man sounds agitated; he raises his voice to complain about his treatment and in places insults the arresting officers. The verbal exchange lasts several minutes.

When the man tells an officer: "you tried to strangle me", the officer replies: "No, I did strangle you." The officer adds that he strangled him "'cos you're a c*nt" and that the man had been "kicking out". In relation to the strangling, the officer says: "Stopped you though, didn't it?"

Minutes later MacFarlane, who is white, begins abusing the man. After a period of silence, he can be heard telling him: "The problem with you is you will always be a nigger, yeah? That's your problem, yeah."

The man reads out MacFarlane's badge number and complains that he had subjected him to racist comments: "I'll always be a nigger – that's what you said, yeah?"

MacFarlane replies: "You'll always have black skin colour. Don't hide behind your colour, yeah." He adds: "Be proud. Be proud of who you are, yeah. Don't hide behind your black skin."

Shortly before the recording ends, the man can be heard saying: "I get this all the time." He then tells the officer: "We'll definitely speak again about this … It's gonna go all the way, it's gonna go all the way – remember."

The man's lawyer, Michael Oswald, said: "By his own efforts our client has put before the CPS exceptionally strong evidence and we share his astonishment that the CPS have reached a decision that no police officer should be prosecuted on the basis of that evidence. We do welcome their agreement to review that decision and we now await the outcome of that review."

The CPS initially said charges should not be brought against MacFarlane because the remarks did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm.

Grace Ononiwu, deputy chief crown prosecutor for 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 the evidence should be reconsidered and a fresh decision taken by a senior lawyer with no previous involvement in this matter."

Speaking to the Guardian, the 21-year-old was visibly shaken when recounting the ordeal. "It's hard to explain, but it makes you feel like a piece of sh*t – it makes you feel not even human," he said.

"I was glad that I had it on the recording. I knew that if I had it saved I could show that I had been abused.

"It's not right. We've just got different skin colour – underneath it we're all the same."

The Metropolitan police confirmed in a statement that it received a complaint on 11 August about alleged "racial" remarks and oppressive conduct.

"These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is not acceptable."

The force said it had referred the case to the IPCC and that one officer had been suspended.

MacFarlane's solicitor, Colin Reynolds, said: "The officer has been the subject of an investigation, has co-operated in that and been advised he is not to be the subject of criminal proceedings."

Estelle du Boulay, director of the Newham Monitoring Project, said: "Sadly, the shocking treatment of this young man at the hands of police officers – both the physical brutality he describes and the racial abuse he claims he suffered – are by no means unusual; it compares to other reports we have received. What makes this case different is the victim had the foresight and courage to turn on a recording device on his mobile phone."

She compared the incident to the case of Liam Stacey, a student who was jailed for 56 days for posting offensive comments on Twitter after the on-pitch collapse of the Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba.

On Friday Swansea crown court rejected an appeal from Stacey, who used racist terms against other Twitter users.

When the student was sentenced in a magistrates court on Tuesday a senior lawyer at the CPS, Jim Brisbane, said: "Racist language is inappropriate in any setting and through any media. We hope this case will serve as a warning to anyone who may think that comments made online are somehow beyond the law."

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can an admin delete this fool ^^^

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beckton is my bits i bet tsg rolled on him

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but some patel in curryville says the met poses no threat to black boys.

after all this recording and the allegations, once again the CPS chose to do nothing

if he didnt record it and get it out to the press his story would just be another yeah ok but why did u get arrested..

daemonz be daemonz... Local thought hes got away with it. unluck

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HOW DID THE CPS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT NO CHARGE COULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST THE MAN THAT SAID THAT

fucking hell man

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No doubt he will get a slap on the wrist

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One rule for us, another for them.

The policeman should have an even MORE servere punishment than the civilian

Hes in a position of power/should be setting an example for the public etc.

Infact what sort of example are the CPS setting - they are effectively saying its OK to act like that...

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who cares

this is a criminal negro isnt it

fter being taken into the van, the man was also arrested for missing a previous magistrates court appearance. No further action is to be taken in relation to the suspected driving offence.

of the same ilk as those who shot little thusa

you want us to cry a river for a f*ckin crminal

if he was a young black doctor or lawyer arrested for no reason. then id be the first to be up in arms and i mean that

you cannot have it both ways

this guy is part of the worst segment fo black society... who can believe him anyway given the fact hes a fackin crimainal

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sayin what ive said and i stand by it

but the CPS should be ashamed

a clear cut case of racism.. al be it against a waste man

utterly outrageos they chose to take it no further

utterly completely unbelievably outrageous given what is said

hwo dare they

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Exactly.

This sums it up:

The CPS initially said charges should not be brought against MacFarlane because the remarks did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm.

Ironically it sounds pretty racist to say but...only rich white people would make a comment like that.

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driving offense to which we have no further details of = he's a criminal who does not deserve to be heard

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Exactly.

This sums it up:

The CPS initially said charges should not be brought against MacFarlane because the remarks did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm.

CPS are beyond a joke

This means if a criminal offence is committed and no harm or distress is caused then it aint considered a crime by there standards

They love to go out there way though to prosecute people to the maximum for petty crimes

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you dont even have to attend court for most driving offences

and driving offences are not even seen as serious in relation to other criminal offences

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Exactly.

This sums it up:

The CPS initially said charges should not be brought against MacFarlane because the remarks did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm.

CPS are beyond a joke

This means if a criminal offence is committed and no harm or distress is caused then it aint considered a crime by there standards

They love to go out there way though to prosecute people to the maximum for petty crimes

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Madness, dunno how they keep getting away with this shit.

I'm truly perplexed at this though

MacFarlane replies: "You'll always have black skin colour. Don't hide behind your colour, yeah." He adds: "Be proud. Be proud of who you are, yeah. Don't hide behind your black skin."

I said to my boy the other day they should change the word racist or racism with simply dumb and ignorant, would be more apt.

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Nice to see the police improving race relations after the riots

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It's f*cked how they can just say this sh*t and get away with it

If he didn't record it and have hard evidence there would be nothing done about it

Hopefully the media will keep on this so that c*nt never works in law enforcement again

Or anywhere

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good on em i say

Your life must be sh*t. Allow waking up every day hating the colour of your skin. Some f*cked guy, you have my sympathy.

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Racist cops, what's new? Been a complaint of the black community since slavery ended.

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these are the top commendts from the dm report on this incident

Another witch hunt, hey DM why not report on all the racist abuse, muggings, attacks, and racially motivated killings etc that white people are subjected to in this country and around the world daily? Actually why not do a piece on what is going on to white people in South Africa which most people here are oblivious to?

- Mike, London UK, not EU, 31/3/2012 12:25

'These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is not acceptable.' .............................................. Unless it's directed toward a white person, in which case it will be totally overlooked and possibly even justified.

- Owd Tyke, Devon, 31/3/2012 12:22

i think the police officer was set up and lead into this . who records conversations on there phones . WATCH THE COMPENSATION CLIAMS FLY.

- paul, roberte, 31/3/2012 12:24

oh dear he is going to pay very severely for that. Probably will receive a life sentence without parole.

- peter, exeter, 31/3/2012 12:27

'Gang of thugs raid pensioners' home and attack them after couple dared to complain about neighbours' loud music'. Er, DM, can we move this story to the top, please?

- David Robinson, Hong Kong, 31/3/2012 12:20

Sounds like the officer had the red mist in front of his eyes. Common sense and red mist never go hand-in-hand. The extreme violence that officers were facing that week, was bound to affect attitudes. Its no excuse, but could be a reason.

- Polar bear, East of Oxfordshire, 31/3/2012 12:32

Fifty six days on twitter.Any advance on this one?

- Just a Number, UK, 31/3/2012 12:33

The recording is available on the internet yet it is full of gaps at key points. I'd like to hear the full recording before I finish nailing the stupid bobbies coffin lid on.

- Mel, Bornville, 31/3/2012 12:11

What charges have been brought against this man who was obviously in the thick of the riots? Doubt he was just out for a casual, summer evening stroll.

- Martin, Nottingham, 31/3/2012 14:03

it makes you sick to think a scumbag criminal thinks a recording is going to be used to get away with rioting.

- GuyTheGood, London Town, 31/3/2012 14:05

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oh boo hoo hoo

Who cares

Is anything ever going to change ? NO

Will this sort of thing happen again ? YES

If only people listen to pete .

White mans world remember that

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