12 October 2011
Ex-police officer alleges discrimination at tribunal
A former senior police officer is pursuing a claim for discrimination on the grounds of his sexuality and race, it has emerged.
According to the Daily Telegraph, ex-detective constable Kelvin Maxwell is currently embroiled in a tribunal with his former employers the Metropolitan Police after being on indefinite leave on half pay since July 2009.
Mr Maxwell, who is homosexual and black, believes he has been treated unfairly by the force and has given evidence suggesting that the problem of racism is widespread among officers.
The man told his tribunal in Reading that his colleagues in the counter-terrorism division at Heathrow Airport would routinely put the names of Arabic passengers they had not actually questioned into their security database to make it seem as if they had been doing their job.
Arpita Dutt, partner at Russell Jones & Walker who is representing Mr Maxwell throughout his case, commented: "Mr Maxwell sought to work in a professional environment, serving the public in an important frontline anti-terrorist role.
"He was a committed officer, with a good record aspiring to rise through the ranks. Instead, he endured numerous incidents and practices, which he believed were harassing and discriminatory, leading to his ill health and potentially to the loss of his career.
"Such alleged practices and behaviour have no place in a modern police service."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson