Met Police in dock over alleged racism at training centre

A Muslim police officer was racially abused while undergoing training as a recruit, a tribunal has heard.

Zaheer Zamir said he was discriminated against while at the Metropolitan Police training school in Hendon, north London.

He said he was the only Asian Muslim in his class and was “singled out” and “made to feel different”.

The claims, which the Met denies, were being heard at an employment tribunal in Stratford, east London.

In a written statement, Zamir complained he was told to shave his beard off, or grow it fully, which he said would be in contravention of his religious beliefs.

In another incident he said a training officer made a racist joke by comparing Muslims to a sex toy, in front of other trainees.

The hearing continues.

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