Police chief apologizes after terrible report but coercion systematically denies being racist, misogynist or homophobic


London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley apologized on Tuesday for disappointing Londoners.

But the police chief refused, saying the word “institutional” had become politicized and obscured in recent years.

A review of the Metropolitan Police’s standards of conduct and internal culture, released by Baroness Louise Casey on Tuesday, highlighted the kidnapping, rape and murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard last year by Wayne Cousins ​​of the Metropolitan Police. received and commissioned.

The report said the Metropolitan Police have faced “significant challenges” in recent years, including a lack of resources, changing crime patterns, rising non-criminal demand and public expectations, and a regulatory system that makes dismissals difficult. That’s what I mean.

Metropolitan Airlines, which employs more than 47,000 police officers, operates as a “disconnected, competing set of moving parts,” the report notes. He added that the review process was “not careful to identify clear warning signs” and that “regular re-reviews were perfunctory and relied on self-reporting.”

The review welcomed the recent changes in the Met’s leadership, but reflected that it was “too arrogant and too humble”, defensive and quick to deny criticism, stifled complaints, and systemic problems. He denounced the “deep-rooted culture” of not doing so. No priority for frontline police.

Citing the testimony of a police officer who told investigators that an entire team of experienced and professionally trained detectives would be assigned to a homicide investigation, the review found that violence against women and girls was as much as other forms of violence. I discovered that it was not taken seriously. Women who have been raped and placed in a coma are more likely to be dealt with by trainee detective constables.

Within the military, discrimination was allowed to be “burned into the system,” the report said.

Casey’s team also said they found “pervasive bullying,” particularly of people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, women, or people who identify as ethnic minorities.

The report said it found “systemic racism, misogyny and homophobia in the Metropolitan”.

He also said the police were not diverse enough to reflect London’s different ethnic groups, with 82% of the officers being white and 71% male.

Asked if there could be more Metropolitan Police officers like Cousins ​​and his former colleague and serial rapist David Carrick, Casey said, “I can’t fully guarantee otherwise.

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Superintendent General Mark Rowley answers questions about the David Carrick case before the London Parliament Police and Crime Commission at City Hall, East London, 25 January 2023. (Yui Mok/PA Media)

“I accept her diagnosis of racism, misogyny and homophobia within the organization,” Rowley, who became MET commissioner last September, told the review.

“We also have these systemic failures, administrative failures, cultural failures,” he added, but said he would not use the term “institutional.”

“I understand she uses the term institutional. It’s not a word I use myself,” he said.

“I am a practicing police officer. I have to use clear, non-political language. It has been done.”

Lowry said he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be bad cops, but the Met “does everything” [it] You can mitigate that risk. ”

All police in England and Wales were told to conduct staff checks after Carrick was jailed. He said he expected two or three police officers to appear in court each week where he was indicted.

He said on Tuesday that a full update will be provided in the coming weeks.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner also apologized to Londoners who feel let down by the police.

“We let people down, and I repeat my apologies to the people of London and the people of the Met in my first weeks as Commissioner,” he said. “The horrific examples of discrimination, the disappointment of communities and victims, and the tensions faced by the front lines are unacceptable and we deeply apologize for that.”

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that trust in the police had apparently been “hugely eroded” but that work was already underway to restore it.

“Not just in London, but across the country, we have changed guidance on how police scrutinize new officers,” he said.

“All police are double-checking all officers against the police database and have been inspected by independent police inspectors to make sure everything is happening.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on the same show that Tuesday was “one of the darkest days in the nearly 200-year history of the Metropolitan Police”.

He said it was “really important” that if the Metropolitan had a future, it must “accept the recommendations” of Casey’s report.

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Home Secretary Suela Braverman addressing MPs in the House of Commons in London on 14 December 2022. (House of Commons/PA Media)

Speaking to Congress following the publication of the review, Interior Secretary Suera Braverman paid tribute to the sacrificed police officers and said Casey’s report was “a very disturbing read.”

“It is clear that the culture, leadership and standards of the Metropolitan Police have been seriously flawed. Planning was the number one priority.”

Mr Braverman said he would increase funding and ensure that the Metropolitan Police received all the support it needed from the central government, and said that all units would be “common-sense policing to deter crime and protect public safety”. to focus relentlessly on

She also said she would hold the Met and the Mayor of London accountable, and called on the public to judge by actions, not words.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the report was “thorough, forensic and really disgusting”, calling Labor’s stance against the work Raleigh was doing to “start turning the Met around”. expressed support.

However, she also expressed concern that “the Home Secretary’s statement is dangerously complacent”, adding, “Surprisingly, her response indicated no new behavior and the Met must change.” I’m just saying that it has to be done,” he said.

“Some of the issues raised are unique to the Met, whose size, history, particular culture, and Home Secretary and Mayor are jointly responsible for oversight, and the Commissioner responsible for implementation. However, this report The letter also raises serious and broader issues for the Home Office,” Cooper said.

In response to Cooper, Braverman said he was “disappointed” by Cooper’s tone, adding: It’s a day to think seriously and soberly about the shortcomings of the Met and how those shortcomings have a devastating effect on people’s lives. ”

Alexander Zhang and PA Media contributed to this report.