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