Britain’s most senior police leaders are considering making a public admission that their forces are institutionally racist, the Guardian has learned.
High-level discussions began on Thursday and come as their special adviser on race says the declaration is needed if promises of radical reform are to be believed by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. More discussions will be held in January, and a decision from police chiefs is expected in February.
"The race crisis that has gripped policing led to thousands of people taking to the streets across the UK in support of Black Lives Matter, triggered by the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the US in May 2020."
Benjamin Monk, 43, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty last week of killing former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson.
The West Mercia Police constable tasered the victim for 33 seconds. When Mr Atkinson fell to the ground, Monk kicked him at least twice with such force that his bootlaces left an imprint on Mr Atkinson’s forehead. FURTHER CPS READING
The 43-year-old police officer, who has been jailed for eight years, is the first officer in England or Wales to be convicted of manslaughter as a result of police contact in more than 30 years. BBC READING
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Family of Edson Da Costa were not informed of resignation over a year ago
The only police officer due to face misconduct proceedings over the death of a black man resigned before a disciplinary hearing could take place, the Observer can reveal. read more
He was 25, a father and a car mechanic. Five minutes after being stopped by police on 15 June 2017, he was lying unresponsive on the ground. After an inquest and inquiry, family and friends are still fighting for justice read more
The treatment of people in police custody has come under intense scrutiny since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis – and not just in the US. More than 1740 people have died in custody or following police contact in England & Wales since 1990 – with recent figures showing Black people twice as likely to die as white people. Questions have also been raised about how accountable the police are for deaths of people under their watch.
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