A police officer met was sacked for using racist remarks in a WhatsApp message | Metropolitan police
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A Metropolitan Police officer was fired for using a racial slur in a cell phone message to a colleague.
The insult came to light during an investigation by the regulator of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into the sharing of photographs of the scene of the murder of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in Wembley, in North London, in June 2020.
Investigators searched a phone belonging to PC colleague Harry Chandler and found he had used the insult in a WhatsApp conversation discussing which part of London to rent an apartment in.
The IOPC said PC Chandler, who was based at the Met’s North East Borough Command police station, was dismissed without notice after allegations of serious misconduct were proven in a disciplinary hearing that ended on Friday .
The independently chaired disciplinary committee ruled that the case proved that he had violated professional standards of equality and diversity and demonstrated improper conduct, the IOPC said.
PC Chandler, who admitted the allegation, will also be placed on the banned list preventing him from taking future employment with the police department.
Former Met officers Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis were sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for taking and sharing photos of the bodies of Smallman and Henry.
PC Chandler’s messages were found on a phone belonging to Lewis.
Graham Beesley, IOPC Regional Director, said: “PC Chandler’s offensive use of language in his WhatsApp messages came to light as we investigated photographs taken at the scene of the murders of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, by former Met agents Jamie Lewis and Deniz Jaffer. .
“His dismissal today sends a clear message that the use of offensive language, whether on duty or off, is completely unacceptable.”
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