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Anorak | Alex MacFarlane, Mauro Demetrio and the anti-racist police’s lack of direction and value

Alex MacFarlane, Mauro Demetrio and the anti-racist police’s lack of direction and value

by | 3rd, April 2012

AFTER PC Alex MacFarlane meet his colleague PC Joe Harrington. Harrington allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old black teenager at an east London police station. PC Joe Harrington has been placed on restricted duties. MacFarlane was recorded calling black 21-year-old Mauro Demetrio, 21, a “nigger”, allegedly. Another voice calls Demetrio a “cunt”. Harrington was with MacFarlane at the time of the Demetrio incident.

The alleged incidents occurred in the summer of 2011, in the shadow of the riots trigged by the police killing of Marc Duggan the black man who never fired a bullet .

MacFarlane has been suspended.

Demetrio claims he saw Harrington allegedly attack the 15-year-old.

And that’s all we know. The Guardian says there is CCTV footage of the Harrington matter, but is grainy and might not be of any use.

Against that backdrop, former policeman David Gibertson writes :

In any liberal democracy, policing must be by consent, and you lose that consent immediately if you alienate the community and treat them as the enemy.

Confrontational yet frightened and defensive officers are nowadays trained to see the public as a threat to their very existence….

From Stephen Lawrence to Mark Duggan; from the kettling of peaceful protesters, to the riots of last year; from the manifest incompetence of the first phone-hacking inquiry to allegations of corruption at the Leveson inquiry – a path has been beaten towards the edge of a precipice, and it is time for those concerned about the vital role of policing to challenge what is happening.

The police have dug their own hole.

But are the police all racist? Such incidents are now rare. The police have come a long way from the 1970s and 1980s, when the police talk was of of “coons” and “Paddys”. Now the police are desperate to show off their anti-racist credentials, asking people to turn into narks on twitter and shop the likes of  Emma West and Liam Stacey . The police are desperate to look active, on the ball and above all caring. But their job isn’t to offer therapy. It’s to police. But they seem to have forgotten what

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