A report into allegations of a vendetta by Metropolitan police officers against a black activist has recommended he should receive a public apology.
London’s top Asian officer, deputy assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur who compiled the report, concluded that the force had been guilty of unlawfully arresting Delroy Lindo, on three occasions and subjecting him to racial stereotyping.
The inquiry looked at why Lindo had been arrested on 37 occasions and charged with 18 offences, even though he was only convicted of one offence and that was overturned on appeal.
The inquiry found evidence of harassment because of stereotyping of the Lindo family although there was no evidence of an organised conspiracy to harass them because of their connection with the Winston Silcott inquiry.
A statement issued by the Metropolitan Police said, “The Metropolitan Police Service accepts there were a number of organisational failings during our contact with the Lindo family and clearly we regret this. However the purpose of the inquiry was to listen to the Lindos’ concerns and ensure that lessons could be learnt, not just in Haringey but across the Metropolitan Police Service.
“We hope that the inquiry’s findings will now assist us in working towards a mediated resolution with the Lindo family as well as providing a platform for organisational learning.”
By Ben Willmott