London • London Metropolitan Police Wednesday expressed disappointment about an employment tribunal's finding that police discriminated against a black female officer because of her gender and race.
The tribunal said 35-year-old Carol Howard, a firearms officer in the Diplomatic Protection Group, had been "singled out and targeted" as a black woman.
It said police aggressively undermined Howard when she joined the overwhelmingly male and white unit. It said police wrongly questioned her honesty, suspected her of tampering with sickness records and improperly questioned her about her private life.
Lawyer Kiran Daurka, who represents Howard, called the judgment "a damning indictment" of the police. She said police have failed to change discriminatory practices in the 15 years since the force was found to be "institutionally racist" by an official inquiry into its investigation of the notorious murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.