Cressida Dick

Met chief defends ‘strong record’ after claims of race crisis

December 3, 2020

Cressida Dick says stop and search has helped save young black lives Cressida Dick said the stop and search strategy had helped cut stabbings by 25%. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Britain’s top police officer has denied her force’s leadership were too slow to realise it had race a problem and said its controversial tactics have not […]

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The Guardian view on race and the Met: making matters worse

October 22, 2020

Last year the Metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said that the confidence of black and minority ethnic Londoners in the force was improving, two decades after the Macpherson report described it as “institutionally racist”. Plenty of people disagreed at the time. But with one recent poll showing that 77% of black people believe the […]

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Black people should not be scared to phone the police when they need help – but I was

August 8, 2020

When I was young, I was given ‘the talk’ by my brothers.  They told me to never call the police if I was in trouble, I should call them instead. Their experience was that the police were against us.  Even if I questioned what they had been through, which I didn’t, I was soon to […]

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Coronavirus: Met promises to act on illegal parties that flout regulations

June 27, 2020

The Metropolitan police commissioner has promised to break up events in London that flout coronavirus regulations after disorder on three consecutive nights when officers attempted to disperse illegal gatherings. Police stood off with people who refused to leave an unlicensed music event in Kilburn, north London, on Friday, and officers had bottles thrown at them. […]

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Black Lives Matter protesters spray ‘racist’ on Winston Churchill statue

June 8, 2020

A statue of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in London was covered in graffiti as anti-racism protests were held across the UK over the weekend. While demonstrations were largely peaceful, small skirmishes broke out in some parts of the capital, with people lobbing bottles and fireworks at police. Thousands have taken to the streets […]

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