Serving Met Police officer charged over ‘racist’ WhatsApp messages

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A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with sending racist WhatsApp messages.

PC Thomas Phillips, who is based in the intelligence wing of the force, faces five counts of sending offensive messages in violation of the Communications Act 2003.

He is due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 24 January 2023 and has been suspended by the force on full pay from December 2021.

This is confirmed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) independent Allegations related to that alleged racially offensive messages.

Mr Phillips of Croydon pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted bail, CPS confirmed.

The Met Police said the charges pertained to an alleged incident that took place when he was on duty.

The case comes after the Met, Britain’s largest police force, was placed under special measures in June after several failures.

Former PC Joel Borders, 45, is on trial at Westminster Magistrates Court with Metropolitan Police Constables Jonathan Coban, 35, and William Neville, 34, for allegedly sending offensive and discriminatory messages to a WhatsApp group.

In July, two Met Police officers were fired, in an unrelated case, after posting offensive messages in a group chat that included a racist joke about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

PC Sukhdev Jeer and PC Paul Hayford, who worked in a unit at Bethnal Green police station in east London, posted “inappropriate, highly offensive and discriminatory” content on WhatsApp in 2018.

In June, James Watts, a former West Murcia police constable who posted racist WhatsApp memes mocking the killing of George Floyd, was jailed for 20 weeks.

Former Met constables Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis were jailed last year for two years and nine months for taking selfies with the bodies of murdered sisters Nicole Smallman and Biba Henry and sharing them with friends and colleagues on WhatsApp. were taken.

A senior Granthshala Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) official had earlier told independent With regard to other cases that some officials were “risking guessing” that unacceptable posts inside private WhatsApp chats were protected.

“It’s not letting off steam or a ‘joke’, it’s very offensive and undermining public trust and confidence,” said IOPC Deputy Director General Claire Bassett.

“Being a police officer is a really tough job and we need to make sure they are fully supported, but maltreatment and homosexuality do not… Some of them are criminal.”

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