Three Met Police officers accused of racially abusing a black firefighter during an incident in September 2011 could lose their jobs, The Guardian has reported. Edric Kennedy-Macfoy had complained that he was abused by PCs Mark Gatland, Daniel Roberts and inspector Sutinderjit Mahil (a sergeant at the time of the incident) and was also shot with a Taser gun. The trio face a disciplinary panel on Monday (18 July), on charges of gross misconduct and racial abuse.
According to Kennedy-Macfoy, 32, officers behaved like "wild animals" when he called them in Harrow, north London, to report a man who had hurled a rock at a police van. But despite his intention to assist them, the officers allegedly started abusing him because of his complexion.
The charges against the officers were investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and it was found that Gatland allegedly "used unreasonable force and discharged a Taser without warning and that on both occasions his actions were motivated by racial discrimination and/or racial stereotyping and so treated the victim less favourably".
It was also alleged that Roberts and Mahil each used "abusive and offensive language and that racial discrimination and/or racial stereotyping motivated this".
The three police officers have denied the allegations.
The IPCC spokesperson told The Guardian: "The... investigation into a complaint made by Edric Kennedy-Macfoy relating to his arrest by MPS officers is complete. We have shared our findings with the MPS professional standards department and Mr Kennedy-Macfoy's solicitors.
"Three MPS officers are now facing gross misconduct hearings and as such it would be inappropriate to comment on the findings of the investigation."
Talking about the disciplinary proceedings – scheduled for three weeks – Kennedy-Macfoy said, "I can only hope and pray that the truth finally prevails and that justice is now done. After everything I've been through I find it very difficult to call on the police for assistance at a time of need. Racism in the police is something I've seen and suffered throughout my life. It's a disease that can only be cured by police forces rooting it out from within."