Top policeman sues GMP in ‘racism’ case
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