In a letter addressed to LGBTQ+ campaigner Peter Tatchell, the Metropolitan Police (Met) Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley turned the primary UK police chief to apologize on Wednesday for the pressure’s homophobic failings.
Rowely accepted that the Met “had programs and processes in place which have led to bias and discrimination within the legislation now we have policed London’s communities, and in the way in which now we have handled our officers and employees, over many many years.” A current public survey confirmed that between 2015-16 and 2021-22, the final belief of the police by LGBTQ+ respondents fell by 20 p.c, as in comparison with a fall of 12 p.c by those that don’t determine as LGBTQ+.
“Current instances of appalling behaviour by some officers have revealed that there are nonetheless…homophobes and transphobes within the organisation, and now we have already doubled down on rooting out those that corrupt and abuse their place,” Rowley continued. “I’m clear that there’s a lot for us to do. I’m sorry to all the communities now we have let down for the failings of the previous.”
Rowley’s statements come just a few months after a March evaluate, carried out by Baroness Louise Casey, which found that the Met was institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic. The evaluate additionally discovered that there have been widespread instances of bullying in direction of LGBTQ+ employees and officers inside the Met. 35 p.c of LGBTQ+ respondents within the evaluate reported experiencing bullying not less than a couple of times per week.
As a part of his #ApologiseNow marketing campaign, Tatchell known as on all UK police providers to apologize for his or her historic ill-treatment, persecution and “decades-long victimisation” of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Tatchell described Wednesday’s apology as “a ground-breaking step ahead…draw[ing] a line below previous Met prosecution.”
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