Top po­lice­man sues GMP in ‘racism’ case

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ASE­NIOR po­lice of­fi­cer is su­ing his own force for racial dis­crim­i­na­tion af­ter he was in­ves­ti­gated over a spat with a constable.

In­spec­tor Scott Win­ters, who has 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, has taken Greater Manch­ester Po­lice to a tri­bunal, al­leg­ing he was ac­cused of as­sault for ‘merely chal­leng­ing a constable about his be­hav­iour’.

He claims he was sub­jected to a ‘dis­pro­por­tion­ate and dis­crim­i­na­tory’ in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion which left him con­tem­plat­ing sui­cide and suf­fer­ing mi­graines.

Insp Win­ters, who joined GMP in 1989, spoke to the of­fi­cer at Chad­der­ton po­lice sta­tion af­ter he overheard him call­ing an­other in­spec­tor by his first name.

He claims the of­fi­cer also dis­played a ‘ sloppy and un­pro­fes­sional im­age’ be­cause he was stood in public view with his hands in his pock­ets.

Insp Win­ters, from Sal­ford, al­leges the Pc then told him: ‘If you didn’t have them on, I’d do you’, re­fer­ring to his in­spec­tor’s epaulettes.

He said in a state­ment: “I took his words to mean that if I wasn’t an in­spec­tor, he would hit me.”

Insp Win­ters replied ‘I’ll take th­ese off now’, be­fore the sit­u­a­tion calmed when a sergeant walked in, the tri­bunal in Manch­ester heard.

The of­fi­cer then called Insp Win­ters a ‘bully’ af­ter he spoke to him again be­cause he had his hands in his pock­ets, he al­leges.

Insp Win­ters said he felt ‘numb’ to be later given no­tice of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion for ‘ crim­i­nal as­sault’ for ‘in­tim­i­dat­ing and threat­en­ing con­duct’.

The GMP Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Branch probe was then up­graded to gross mis­con­duct. He was put on re­stricted du­ties and trans­ferred from Old­ham to GMP HQ.

In the state­ment, Insp Win­ters said he felt ‘some­thing sin­is­ter’ was hap­pen­ing and added: “I know 100 per cent that no crim­i­nal act had oc­curred on my part. I had merely chal­lenged a constable about his be­hav­iour.”

The crim­i­nal al­le­ga­tions were dropped and the probe was low­ered to mis­con­duct but Insp Win­ters said he was then placed in a ‘su­per­fi­cial job sit­u­a­tion de­signed to em­bar­rass’.

Insp Win­ters called the probe ‘cloak and dag­ger’ and a ‘fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion’ and said there were ‘pro­ce­dural breaches and fail­ings’ .

The probe was con- cluded in Jan­uary 2014 by means of ‘man­age­ment ac­tion’, although it will re­main on his record.

Insp Win­ters, who has­now been re­de­ployedto a dif­fer­ent role, cited mis­con­duct cases of other white of­fi­cers in his wit­ness state­ment and said: “I am of the firm be­lief that the dis­crim­i­na­tory treat­ment I was sub­jected to is re­lated to my eth­nic­ity. GMP’s ac­tions were less favourable treat­ment be­cause of my eth­nic­ity, and I suf­fered in­jury to feel­ings through be­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately se­verely treated. There is, in my opin­ion, clear ev­i­dence that I was treated less favourably than my white col­leagues and I be­lieve race is the sole rea­son.” Pro­ceed­ing

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