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The Met Police department is rife with pervasive racism, sexism, and homophobia and has not changed in spite of several official evaluations asking it to do so, a report is expected to say on Tuesday. Britain’s largest police force will reportedly be criticised in Louise Casey’s report in which she investigates how the force has failed to resolve issues despite decades of warnings. Top police and Government officials are reportedly aware of its contents, and one has called it “awful” and another one “atrocious”, according to The Guardian.
The newspaper says the report has already been forwarded to the Met and Government leadership, which prompted crisis discussions this week between Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
The report, which was commissioned by the force in 2021 after the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met officer, Wayne Couzens, will examine if institutional racism, homophobia, and misogyny are at least partially to blame for the Met’s shortcomings.
Lady Casey will criticise the force for failing to address its problems despite decades of warnings from previous official reports. She will support her claims with scathing new case studies.
One of the latest examples is Couzens who admitted the kidnapping, raping and murdering 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, who was walking home from a friend’s house in south London in March 2021.
Couzens was sentenced to a whole-life term for the murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021.
More recently, David Carrick, another Met Police officer, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison last month for serious sexual offences he committed against 12 women over a two-decade period in February.
Suella Braverman previously described his crimes as a “scar on our police”.
Couzens and Carrick were both found to be physically fit to carry a gun, and they both served in the same unit, the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, which Casey will highlight as having unacceptable levels of problematic behaviour.
The 300-page study is also anticipated to be critical of former Met leaders including Cressida Dick and their management of the Met from 2017 to 2022 as issues grew.
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Ms Dick was ousted as commissioner because Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, did not believe she could guide the Met out of its current predicament after the enraged response to the Couzens case.
The damning report will state that the issues were evident before Ms Dick’s appointment as commissioner.
Lady Casey’s report is expected to be published on Tuesday.
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