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Report reveals impunity and corruption in the London Police

Report reveals impunity and corruption in the London Police

London, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) At least 1,800 police officers remain on active duty in London despite facing charges of crimes ranging from sexual and domestic violence to fraud and corruption, according to an independent report.

According to an investigation by a member of the House of Lords of the British Parliament, 20 percent of those officers have more than one charge, and 500 of them are facing between three and five misconduct charges since 2013.

Despite this, less than one percent of them were fired from the police force popularly, and there is even an officer who remains active despite having 11 charges against him.

The author of the investigation believed that the main reason behind the permanence of these agents in the force is that the internal system in charge of ensuring police ethics is “racist” and “misogynist”.

“We heard testimonies from colleagues who think and believe, and even gave us concrete examples, that there are people (police officers) who easily get away with behaving improperly or criminally,” she said.

Commenting on the report, London Metropolitan Police Chief Mark Rowley admitted that hundreds of officers should be sacked, and that the internal investigation process is systemically flawed. “We must have hundreds of officers behaving disgracefully, undermining our integrity, and they must be removed,” he said.

The author of the report began to investigate the culture and behavior of the London Metropolitan Police after the scandal caused last March by the kidnapping and murder of the Sarah Everard at the hands of an agent of the embassy protection service.


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