Two British policewomen sacked for racial abuse

September 10th, 2012 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 10 (IANS) Two women police officers in Britain have been sacked after a colleague recorded them having a conversation in which one said that black people looked like gorillas and monkeys, the Daily Mail reported.

Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo and Woman Police Constable Joanna Sugda were in the changing room at Islington police station in March when a colleague left an iPhone on record in her locker at work.

When the recording was played, Garofalo was heard saying black people “all look the f*****g same. They all look like monkeys”, the daily said.

A disciplinary hearing heard how she said she could never have sex with a black man and that her boyfriend would not be interested in black women as they “look like gorillas”.

She also described another officer as that having “a face like a gorilla”, and that she was “f*****g ugly”.

Sugda, 32, is believed to be heard laughing in the background, and exclaiming “you can’t say that”.

Garofalo defended her actions, saying that the incident was taken out of context, the daily said.

“I am not a racist and still do not believe the conversation we had to have any racist connotations,” she was quoted as saying.

Garofalo has launched a claim for unfair dismissal.

Metropolitan Police said there have been 96 claims of racism by officers between April 1 and June 1 this year.

A constable was fired in July after he told a Pakistani takeaway manager in King’s Cross to “go back to your f*****g country” because he was refused a discount on food.

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