Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drunken British cop is fired after he abused Pakistani takeaway manager at railway station

A police officer embroiled in the Scotland Yard bigotry crisis has been sacked despite being cleared of racism on appeal. Philip Juhasz, 31, was thrown out of the force for drunkenly abusing a Pakistani employee at a railway station kiosk as he tried to obtain cheap food.

He was originally convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence after the clash at King’s Cross Station, in Central London.

A judge cleared him of racism when his legal team appealed several weeks later but his conviction for abusing the man remained.

Senior officers said Juhasz was dismissed after a misconduct hearing for ‘breaching standards of professional behaviour’.

The case was one of 10 referred to the police watchdog as a storm of controversy battered the Met over widespread allegations of racism.

It began when PC Alex Macfarlane was secretly recorded calling a black teenager a ‘n*****’ as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police van.

Prosecutors reversed their decision not to prosecute Macfarlane after the exchange was made public and he will go on trial in October.

In May a sergeant was suspended after a colleague complained that he had made a racist comment. He became the 28th officer or staff member known to be under investigation for racism since the crisis began.

Juhasz was arrested by British Transport Police officers after abusing Umer Nazir, 23, the manager of Delice de France, on September 22 last year.

Mr Nazir said Juhasz was off-duty and drunk and abused him when he refused to give him food that was about to be thrown away.

The worker accused him of saying ‘do you know who I am? I’m a police officer’ and ‘go back to your f***ing country.’

Commander Peter Spindler, of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said Juhasz was sacked after being accused of gross misconduct for failing to show respect and courtesy. He said: ‘The dismissal of this officer demonstrates that the Met will not tolerate drunken and abusive behaviour. ‘Anyone found acting in such a way will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

‘This sends out a clear message to staff and the public that our officers and staff are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour both on and off duty.’

Original report here

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