Met officer loses third racial discrimination case

A Metropolitan Police officer who blamed racial discrimination for his removal from a training course has lost his case at tribunal, reports the BBC.

Gareth Reid, who joined the force in 1990, told Croydon Employment Tribunal that he suffered direct racial discrimination and victimisation on 11 occasions.

Reid claimed his removal from the Towbar training course, which would have led to confirmation of his promotion to detective sergeant, was on racial grounds.

He said he was removed from the course because of his earlier claims of racial discrimination against the Met, in 1997 and 2001, and his involvement in the Metropolitan Black Police Association.

But the tribunal heard about clashes between Reid and his manager over several issues, including poor time-keeping, handling of complaints and his response to an unexplained death.

The tribunal concluded:” We are unable to find any point from which we could conclude that the removal from the Towbar process was in any way on racial grounds”.

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