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Six white police officers to sue the Met for racial discrimination

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It's rare for a white person to claim racial discrimination, but last week it was reported that six white officers are suing the Metropolitan police.

The claim stems from an incident that occurred in June 2007 after which PC Mark Jones was accused of subjecting two teenagers to a physical and verbal attack.

Five other officers -- Sergeant William Wilson, PC Steven White, PC Giles Kitchener, PC Simon Prout and PC Neil Brown -- who were on the patrol were alleged to have covered up the attack.

The chief witness for the prosecution was a black police officer.

In November last year, all six officers were found not guilty following a trial at Kingston crown court.

The only other reported case of a white police officer suing for racial discrimination occurred in 2007. In that case, the Metropolitan police agreed to pay £40,000 to then Chief Superintendent Barry Norman, who threatened to take the force to an employment tribunal after leading an investigation into a senior officer, Ali Dizaei, for alleged corruption. Dizaei, you may remember, was acquitted of criminal charges after Norman's investigation, but was convicted and jailed this year for a separate offence.

So far the Metropolitan police has refused to comment on the latest case, but has confirmed that six officers are taking the force to an employment tribunal. "I can confirm that PC Mark Jones and others have submitted an employment tribunal claim citing racial discrimination," said a spokesperson.

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