A firefighter has said ‘racism is like a disease’ in the Met Police after his discrimination case against three officers collapsed.
Edric Kennedy-Macfoy had offered to help the officers at a party when he was off-duty in 2011, but he claims they responded by abusing him, dragging him from his car and shooting him with a Taser.
But the misconduct case he brought against the officers was withdrawn by the police watchdog IPCC today after it emerged there were ‘procedural shortfalls’ during the original investigation.
To make up for those shortfalls, the IPCC said, would delay the hearing by at least another 12 months – which they saw as an ‘unacceptable’ length of time.
After the case’s collapse, Kennedy-Macfoy said he thought ‘racism is like a disease within the Met Police and can only be rooted out from within’.
‘Things like this are still happening,’ he continued. ‘I never imagined in a million years this would happen to me. I know it still happens but I live a good lifestyle, I’m of good character, I’m a firefighter – I’ve never been in trouble with the police. I just think if this could happen to me it could happen to anyone.’
Firearms officer PC Mark Gatland was accused of using unreasonable force and firing his Taser without warning, being motivated by racial discrimination and/or racial stereotyping.
And PC Daniel Roberts and Insp Sutnderjit Mahil were accused of using abusive or offensive language, also motivated by racial discrimination and/or racial stereotyping.
Kennedy Macfoy added that although he used to think of being a firefighter as a job for life, this had changed since the incident because he could no longer trust the Met – with whom the fire brigade works closely.