Institutionally racist, misogynist and homophobic. Metropolitan Police slammed in report

A damning review led by Baroness Louise Casey found "major inadequacies" within the Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police is institutionally racist, misogynist and homophobic, a damning review has found.

The force failed to protect the public from officers who abuse women, has racist officers in its ranks, and a "deep-seated homophobia” exists.

Organisational changes have also put women and children at greater risk, and female officers and staff routinely experience sexism, the report said.

Baroness Casey who conducted the review said it is “rigorous, stark and unsparing”.

The review was commissioned after Sarah Everard was murdered by serving officer Wayne Couzens.

The findings reinforce the Macpherson Inquiry in 1999 which found the force was institutionally racist after the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the abject failures to investigate his death.

Since then the force has remained largely white and male, the review found.

Baroness Casey called for the Met to “change itself”, adding: “It is not our job as the public to keep ourselves safe from the police."

Her 363-page report finds there is widespread bullying within the Met and a fifth of staff with protected characteristics are victimised.

The report concludes that violence against women and girls has not been taken as seriously as other forms of violence. Officers investigating such crimes are relying on “over-stuffed, dilapidated or broken fridges and freezers” instead of fast-track forensic services.

It also found that the force’s child protection service continues to have “major inadequacies” despite a watchdog issuing the most severely critical report in its history on the issue in 2016.

Baroness Casey accused the Met of a “tick box” approach to the slew of negative reports about performance, blaming "individual bad apples" rather than tackling systemic problems.

It said there is a culture of denial in the force and a “we know best” attitude, but concluded the problem with the force is not its size but “inadequate management”.

The report called for a “complete overhaul” of the Met and a “new approach to restore public trust and confidence” through 16 recommended changes.

The reforms are of a “significant scale” and “on a par” with the “transformation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to the Police Service of Northern Ireland” at the end of the last century.

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