Sus­pect ‘was called n****r to help him’

Get­ting close to en­emy is key to bring them down

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A VET­ERAN cop who branded a young black sus­pect a “n****r” dur­ing the Lon­don ri­ots told a court he was try­ing to “en­cour­age him to be proud of who he was”.

PC Alex MacFar­lane, 53, said he was at­tempt­ing to boost Mauro Demetrio’s self-es­teem and calm him when recorded us­ing racist lan­guage on a mo­bile phone.

In the clip, he tells the sus­pect, “...you will al­ways be a n****r, yeah?” and “You will al­ways have black skin”.

He goes on to say, “Don’t hide be­hind your colour, yeah” and “Be proud of who you are”.

The Met of­fi­cer ( above) is on trial at South­wark Crown Court ac­cused of caus­ing racially ag­gra­vated in­ten­tional harass­ment and or dis­tress.

He ad­mits us­ing the lan­guage but de­nies the of­fence, claim­ing he was ap­peal­ing to Mr Demetrio, 21, to “con­sider his life­style” and wasn’t be­ing racist.

MacFar­lane told ju­rors Mr Demetrio, who had been stopped on sus­pi­cion of drinkdriv­ing, had in­sulted col­leagues, re­fer­ring to them as “white c***s”.

The trial con­tin­ues.

by Martin McGart­land is pub­lished by John Blake Pub­lish­ing Ltd, RRP £7.99.

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