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Man, in his 60s, is arrested over racist WhatsApp group chat involving former and serving Met cops


A person has been arrested after a documentary claimed a former Metropolitan Police officer arrange a ‘vile and deplorable’ WhatsApp group, which counted killer PC Wayne Couzens as a member and have become flooded with racist memes and messages, together with about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Rob Lewis, the reported creator of the group, has already been placed on depart from his UK Border Power job over the ‘abhorrent’ texts despatched by him and others, with some alleged to have featured repeated use of the phrase ‘P*ki’. There is no such thing as a suggestion that he was the person arrested on Thursday.

In keeping with the BBC Newsnight probe, there have been additionally ‘vile’ messages about the Authorities’s coverage to deport migrants to Rwanda for processing, slurs about black MPs and abuse in the direction of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

In the meantime there was at the least one joke in regards to the current devastating floods in Pakistan, the place 1,700 have died and thousands and thousands have been displaced.

A number of of the members of the WhatsApp group used to work for the Diplomatic Safety Group (DPG), the armed unit that guards Parliament and embassies. 

Wayne Couzens additionally labored for the DPG till he kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard. Simply two weeks in the past, two serving Met officers have been convicted of sending grossly offensive misogynistic and racist messages in a WhatsApp group with Couzens.

This afternoon the Met revealed: ‘Shortly after 12am at present, a person aged in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of offences beneath the Communications Act and misconduct in a public workplace. He stays in custody at a south London police station.’

The Impartial  Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) stated this afternoon: ‘We have now been contacted by the Met Police who suggested that they’re attempting to assemble related proof and they’re retaining us up to date relating to whether or not any issues emerge which can require referral to us.’

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley had stated earlier: ‘My plan for reform within the Met is already beneath manner. I will likely be ruthless in rooting out these corrupting officers and employees, together with racists and misogynists, from our organisation.

PC Wayne Couzens

Rob Lewis has been suspended from his UK Border Power job on the Dwelling Workplace over racist messages shared with police from the identical unit as PC Wayne Couzens

Newsnight said it was shown messages from the group by Dave Eden, another former police officer.

Newsnight stated it was proven messages from the group by Dave Eden, one other former police officer.

Met police officers will be given smartphones in a bid to crack down on misconduct and improve access to technology under the first initiative of new commissioner Sir Mark Rowley

Met law enforcement officials will likely be given smartphones in a bid to crack down on misconduct and enhance entry to know-how beneath the primary initiative of latest commissioner Sir Mark Rowley

Sadiq Khan: Cressida Dick was in ‘denial’ about her personal officers

The Mayor of London described the message within the group as ‘abhorrent’ and stated these concerned needs to be held to account – and used the messages to justify forcing Dame Cressida Dick out of her job.

‘What Londoners will see is a distinction in response from this police commissioner, who’s not in denial and is not being defensive, versus the earlier one. That is why I misplaced confidence in her.’ 

He stated: ‘The Met has beforehand been far too weak and sluggish to behave when this type of unacceptable behaviour has been uncovered. The brand new Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, has assured me that he is decided to take a special method. Any officers discovered to be liable for sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, bullying or harassment don’t need to put on the Met uniform and should be rapidly rooted out.

‘Baroness Casey continues to steer an unbiased assessment into the Met’s tradition and requirements, which will likely be very important in serving to us to ship the widescale police reform that is clearly required.

‘Sir Mark Rowley has dedicated to successful again the belief of Londoners within the police and I am assured he understands the dimensions and urgency of the duty at hand. I wish to guarantee Londoners that I’ll proceed to carry the Met to account to make sure we see the step change in tradition and efficiency that is urgently wanted, and which Londoners deserve.’

‘I’ve taken over because the chief of an organisation that has been far too weak in taking up those that undermine the sincere and devoted majority who determinedly serve the general public.

‘That may change and I’ll proceed to hunt out these, from each inside and out of doors the Met, with that constructive anger who may help us reform.’

The identification of the arrested man has not been revealed.  

The BBC’s Newsnight present reported Rob Lewis had created a bunch chat with different former Met officers. The programme stated it was proven messages from the group by Dave Eden, one other former police officer. 

He stated: ‘There are references to black politicians, that are extraordinarily disagreeable… your entire undertone is considered one of racism and misogyny.’

He added: ‘This group tells me that the tradition of the Metropolitan Police hasn’t modified. And in equity, it is not simply this group, it is different teams. It is what I am listening to out of the mouths of ex-colleagues. And what I am witnessing on a regular basis.’ 

One other serving officer instructed the BBC: ‘I don’t assume these behaviours and ideologies could be faraway from the Met.

‘People must be held accountable and made an instance of to exhibit to colleagues that these behaviours and ideologies don’t have any place within the Met. I overlook any substantial enchancment throughout the organisation.’

The BBC additionally claims a serving Met officer has shared a racist picture that includes an image of black infants. 

The Dwelling Workplace stated it had suspended a member of employees, believed to be Lewis, who has not commented.

‘We count on the best requirements of our employees and have a zero tolerance method to anybody displaying racist, homophobic, misogynist or discriminatory behaviour,’ the assertion stated.

‘The place we’re made conscious of such behaviour we is not going to hesitate to take decisive motion.’

Commander Jon Savell, who’s liable for the Metropolitan Police’s skilled requirements, stated the messages shared have been ‘abhorrent’.

‘These messages are abhorrent and have completely no place in policing or society,’ he stated.

‘Their behaviour erodes the boldness that the general public has within the police – a confidence that the overwhelming majority of us within the Met works tirelessly day-in, day-out to keep up and enhance.

‘Racism, misogyny, homophobia or another discriminatory behaviour has no place within the Met.

‘The place such behaviour is recognized it is going to be handled robustly, however we can even be actively in search of out these whose actions deliver disgrace to us.

‘We contacted Mr Eden’s representatives when these messages first emerged in April however they declined to share additional particulars. We urge them to rethink so we will take motion.

‘Within the meantime we enchantment to anybody who has details about such behaviour to make contact.’

Deniz Jaffer

Jamie Lewis

Deniz Jaffer (left) and Jamie Lewis (proper) have been police constables assigned to protect the homicide scene of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry and shared photographs on Whatsapp whereas on obligation

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were stabbed to death at a park in London in 2020

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, have been stabbed to loss of life at a park in London in 2020

The scandals which have rocked the capital’s pressure 

OPERATION MIDLAND

In 2014 the infamous investigation was sanctioned by Dame Cressida Dick, then a high-ranking officer at Scotland Yard.

The disastrous inquiry into spurious VIP little one intercourse abuse allegations noticed harmless males, together with the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, pursued by the pressure.

A number of males died, with reputations tarnished, earlier than the allegations have been disproved.

NICOLE SMALLMAN AND BIBAA HENRY MURDERS

In June 2020 two officers have been tasked with guarding a criminal offense scene the place sisters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, had been stabbed to loss of life.

Officers Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, took photographs on the scene in Wembley, then shared them in two WhatsApp teams. They have been every jailed for 2 years and 9 months final December.

SARAH EVERARD MURDER

In March final 12 months, 33-year-old advertising govt Sarah Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered by serving officer Wayne Couzens. The pressure’s officers have been accused of ‘manhandling’ girls at a Clapham Frequent vigil staged ten days after her disappearance.

DANIEL MORGAN INQUIRY

In June final 12 months a report into the unsolved 1987 homicide of personal investigator Daniel Morgan accused the Metropolitan Police of ‘institutional corruption’.

STEPHEN PORT INVESTIGATION

An inquest jury dominated in December that failures by Yard detectives contributed to the deaths of a serial killer’s three remaining victims. Stephen Port killed 4 males of their 20s by giving them overdoses of the date rape drug GHB at his east London residence in 2014 and 2015. The inquest discovered police failed to hold out primary checks. A solicitor for the households stated the Met’s actions have been pushed partially by homophobia. The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct is to re-investigate the pressure’s dealing with of the case.

CHARING CROSS SCANDAL

In February the IOPC uncovered conduct by officers primarily based at Charing Cross police station who have been discovered to have joked about rape, killing black youngsters and beating their wives.

BIANCA WILLIAMS

5 officers are to face a gross misconduct listening to over their cease and search of Group GB sprinter Bianca Williams in 2020. She and her companion have been stopped in west London. Nothing unlawful was discovered and the couple, who’re black, declare they have been racially profiled.

Met officers didn’t activate lights or sirens of their unmarked police automobile earlier than Chris Kaba was shot useless, inquest hears 

Chris Kaba, 24, was killed after being shot by a police officer in Streatham Hill on September 5

Chris Kaba, 24, was killed after being shot by a police officer in Streatham Hill on September 5

Metropolitan Law enforcement officials didn’t activate lights or sirens of their unmarked police automobile earlier than Chris Kaba was shot useless, an inquest heard.

The pressure has backtracked on a press release which stated they have been in ‘pursuit’ of a automobile the 24-year-old was driving earlier than he was shot by an armed officer.

A press release by the pressure launched on September 6, the day after Mr Kaba died, stated: ‘At 21:51hrs on Monday, 5 September specialist firearms officers have been in pursuit of a suspect car within the Lambeth space.’

However an inquest yesterday heard that Mr Kaba, who died in Streatham Hill, south London, was being adopted by an unmarked police automobile with no lights or sirens turned on within the minutes earlier than the capturing.

A Met Police spokesman at present instructed the MailOnline: ‘Our preliminary statements stated firearms officers have been in pursuit of a suspect car. 

‘This was primarily based on info accessible within the very early levels of the incident.

‘The IOPC investigation wanting into the complete circumstances surrounding Mr Kaba’s loss of life continues. 

‘The IOPC is offering updates at acceptable factors in its investigation.’

The automobile pushed by the unarmed father-to-be collided with a police car earlier than he was fatally shot within the head by an armed officer, the inquest heard on Tuesday.

 

Sir Mark Rowley was chosen for the £293,000-a-year job after Dame Cressida Dick was ousted in February by London mayor Sadiq Khan following scandals together with the homicide of Sarah Everard by an officer and the jailing of two officers who photographed useless our bodies. The pressure was lately plunged into particular measures.

The brand new Commissioner promised to be ‘ruthless’ in rooting out these ‘corrupting’ the pressure and ‘ship extra belief, much less crime and excessive requirements for London’.

He stated: ‘Our mission is to steer the renewal of policing by consent which has been so closely dented in recent times as belief and confidence have fallen.

‘I’m grateful that the Dwelling Secretary and mayor are each decided to help the pressing reforms we have to ship profitable neighborhood crimefighting in at present’s fast-moving world. These reforms embrace our use of know-how and information, our tradition and our policing method.

‘We’ll battle crime with communities – not unilaterally dispense ways. I additionally know that almost all of officers and employees retain a rare sense of vocation and willpower and need us to do higher. It’s my job to assist them do this, while additionally being ruthless in eradicating those that are corrupting our integrity.’

It comes as Metropolitan Police officers are to be given smartphones in a bid to crack down on misconduct.

The initiative was one of many first to be launched beneath new commissioner Sir Mark Rowley who earlier this month pledged to ‘retake’ the scandal-hit pressure’s ‘integrity’.

In keeping with the Occasions, the transfer means each officer will have the ability to use the brand new smartphones to speak with one another and acquire proof.

Up to now, 1000’s of officers have been pressured to make use of their very own cell phones to report proof at crime scenes and conduct primary investigative work. 

It follows plenty of high-profile misconduct investigations which noticed a number of law enforcement officials use their very own cell phones to ship inappropriate messages and share crime scene photos.

In December final 12 months, officers Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis have been jailed for nearly three years after they have been discovered to have taken and shared photographs from a homicide scene.

A courtroom heard the pair had ‘dehumanised’ the 2 black victims – Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry – by sharing photographs of their our bodies in two WhatsApp teams.

Messages shared with 41 law enforcement officials known as the victims ‘useless birds’ in a bunch known as ‘the A-team’ and different messages have been additionally shared with Jaffer’s mates.

There was additionally outrage over a collection of disturbing racist, sexist and homophobic messages that have been exchanged by officers primarily based at Charing Cross police station between 2016 and 2018, printed by a watchdog earlier this 12 months.

A bombshell report by the IOPC watchdog uncovered a merciless, poisonous ‘boys membership’ tradition amongst officers at Charing Cross police station.

It discovered cops made rape jokes, boasted about home violence and made vile racist remarks in WhatsApp exchanges.

Grim texts between officers about raping girls, killing black youngsters, paedophilia, Muslims, Auschwitz and disabled folks have been additionally printed within the watchdog’s report.

Sources instructed the Occasions that giving officers work smartphones wouldn’t solely enhance their entry to know-how however would additionally permit senior managers to regulate what their officers are as much as. 

Sir Mark Rowley, alongside together with his new deputy Dame Lynne Owens, swore allegiance to the King on earlier this month, pledging to rebuild public belief.

The brand new head of the Metropolitan Police begins work throughout what’s arguably one of the crucial turbulent occasions to face Britain’s greatest police pressure. 

Sir Mark took an oath, often known as an attestation, by which he swore to serve ‘with equity, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding basic human rights and in accordance equal respect to all folks’.

He takes over as Commissioner at Scotland Yard after former boss Dame Cressida Dick resigned in controversial circumstances earlier within the 12 months.

The pressure has been tormented by a collection of scandals and missteps in recent times, leaving Sir Mark with the duty of rebuilding public confidence.

The top of the Metropolitan Police Federation instructed the Occasions the initiative was a ‘fully constructive’ transfer.

Ken Marsh added:  ‘The price [of using devices] shouldn’t be borne by the worker.

‘That is transferring the Met into the trendy age of 2022, [it] will give officers direct entry and the power to communicate.’

The pressure was positioned in a type of particular measures by a watchdog earlier this 12 months.

In a sternly worded letter earlier than his tenure started, then-home secretary Priti Patel demanded that Sir Mark tackle the ‘appalling errors of the previous’.

She wrote to Sir Mark earlier this month saying: ‘I count on the Metropolitan Police beneath your management to get the fundamentals proper and supply the first-class service anticipated of it.’

‘I additionally count on you, as Commissioner, to advertise higher management and better requirements at each degree all through the pressure.

Different points going through Sir Mark are ongoing investigations into deaths following police contact together with Oladeji Omishore who died after leaping from Chelsea Bridge; a person who drowned after attempting to swim away from officers to keep away from being arrested in Kingston; and Chris Kaba who was fatally shot by an officer in Streatham Hill.

The Met Police officer who shot useless unarmed black man Chris Kaba has nonetheless not been questioned beneath warning, it emerged this week.

The household of 24-year-old Mr Kaba, who was shot in south London 4 weeks in the past on September 5, have known as for all officers who have been current on the time to be questioned.

They need a choice on whether or not the officer who shot him – named solely as NX121 on the opening of an inquest – needs to be charged with homicide to be made as quickly as potential.

Sir Mark Rowley (left) and Deputy Commissioner Lynne Owens sign the Warrant Register at New Scotland Yard in London, where Sir Mark starts as Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Sir Mark Rowley (left) and Deputy Commissioner Lynne Owens signal the Warrant Register at New Scotland Yard in London, the place Sir Mark begins as Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Mr Kaba, a rapper and development employee, was fatally wounded following a police automobile chase which ended on a slender residential avenue in Streatham.

An inquest into his loss of life was opened and adjourned at a short listening to this morning at Internal South London Coroner’s Courtroom.

The daddy-to-be was driving another person’s automobile which police data had flagged up as being concerned in a earlier firearms incident.

He was on the wheel of an Audi which was hemmed in by two police vehicles on Kirkstall Gardens earlier than one bullet was fired from a police weapon. Witnesses stated Mr Kaba tried to ram his manner free earlier than being shot.

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