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Met Police officer suspended over racism allegations

A Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended from duty over allegations of racism.

Scotland Yard said the male sergeant was said to have made a racist comment in front of other officers at about 08:20 BST on 9 May in north London.

He was then reported by one of his colleagues to his supervisor. No-one from the public was involved and it has been referred to the police watchdog.

The Met said: "Racism and racist language is totally unacceptable."

The force added: "The action taken in response to this allegation demonstrates the Met's determination to act swiftly and to support those that challenge others when alleged racist language is used."

There have been several recent allegations of racism made against officers with the Metropolitan Police.

A total of nine officers have been suspended while 13 separate allegations of racism are being investigated by Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Last month Scotland Yard vowed to get to the bottom of "very damaging" footage of one officer apparently racially abusing a man and another allegedly assaulting a teenage boy last summer.

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