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Ian Blair resigns, and the Metropolitan police remains as racially divided as ever

By Andrew Gilligan   November 2008

If anyone doubted the need for that much-mocked practice, race awareness training, or the distance that it seems to have carried the Metropolitan police in the past 25 years, they should read the following quotes from a 1983 report, “Police and People in London,” by the Policy Studies Institute.

“I call them niggers myself,” said one Met officer. “Whilst not being very intelligent, they have this low animal cunning,” was how another put it. A third said: “Well, they’re used to running round in the jungle, plucking what they want from the trees…”

Then, the force’s racism was unashamed…

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