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Andrew Gilligan on race and the met

By James Crabtree  

Mayor Boris’s delicate putsch of Met chief Ian Blair in October distracted from, for a moment at least, the simmering racial tensions which now seem routine among London’s police. Before Blair’s ousting, the Metropolitan Black Police Assocation had even taken the seemingly extraordinary step of taking out advertisements discouraging minorities from applying to police the capital’s streets. Indeed, the situation can hardly be good when every one of the Met’s five most senior non-white officers have brought discrimination cases. Prospect asked Andrew Gilligan to take a view behind the scenes, and…

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