Victimised Asian police officer warns ethnic minorities to steer clear of careers in the Met

An Asian police officer who was victimised by his employers at the Metropolitan Police has warned other people from ethnic minorities not to join the force.

Detective sergeant Gurpal Virdi said his career had been ruined by Met bosses who refused to promote him after he won a race discrimination case against the force five years ago.

An employment tribunal this week ruled that Virdi had been victimised since he was cleared of sending racist hate mail in 1998 at a West London police station. He won damages and an apology from the Met for racial discrimination over those accusations in 2002.

Virdi told BBC London News this week: “I would seriously tell [ethnic minorities] to reconsider.

“Over the past 25 years, people have seen what my career has been like and a lot of other ethnic officers have suffered the same thing.”

The Met said it was “disappointed” with the tribunal’s judgment and would be considering its position.

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