Metropolitan Police Officers’ Shockingly Misogynistic and Racist Text Messages Exposed
It doesn’t seem like the London Metropolitan Police’s reputation could be diminished much after being accused of helping to cover up evidence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockout parties last week — but a shocking new report has revealed a terrible culture of bullying, racism and sexual harassment within Britain’s largest police force.
The report, carried out by Britain’s police watchdog, included dozens of text messages between male officers that showed they repeatedly talked about raping their female colleagues. Officers also shared messages about turning “African babies” into dog food, comparing the Holocaust to killing flies, and bragging about defeating “Somali rats”.
According to the watchdog report, multiple messages appeared in a WhatsApp group with 19 Met police officers serving. A series of shocking messages when a male officer said to a female officer: “I would be happy to rape you”; “If I were single, I would really hate to fuck you”; and “if I were single, I’d be happy to get to know you.”
The watchdog said it also detected repeated mockery of non-Christian religions, Black Lives Matter, people with disabilities and the Holocaust. One of the worst examples in the report saw an officer write: “My father kidnapped some African children and used them to make dog food.”
Another message read: “Open my balcony door and loads of flies fly into the front room. So I got the fly spray and turned my giraffe into Auschwitz. One officer said he had recently done “some uniform or plainclothes work on Somali rats… I had a fight the day before.”
One of the officer’s texts appeared to joke about the murder of George Floyd, saying: “PWPEHCLM — People with pre-existing heart conditions, life is very important. Should give him a kat and a comfortable bed. ”
In its report, published Tuesday morning, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, or IOPC, concludes: “We believe these incidents are not isolated or simply behavior of a few ‘half-eaten apples’… Bullying culture seems to have been accepted and not challenged. ”
The investigation began nearly four years ago after an officer had sex with a vulnerable woman in a London police station. according to BBC News. As the investigation progressed, 14 officers were investigated, but only two were dismissed for serious misconduct. Two others have resigned and an unspecified number of them face disciplinary action.
After the report was released, a Met Police spokesman said in a statement the misconduct “does not represent the values” of the force and added: “We are deeply sorry the people of London and all of them have failed with their appalling behavior and admitting this will damage many people’s trust and confidence in the Met.”
The Met is under severe pressure over its handling of the lockdown allegations against the prime minister over the past few weeks. The Trust in the Met was also badly damaged by the murder of Sarah Everard last year, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Wayne Couzens, who used his position as a cop to lure her into his car.