Police watchdog order Metropolitan Police to re-investigate “offensive and racist” FB group after Traveller Movement appeal

Following a complaint by the Traveller Movement, the Police watchdog has ruled that a Metropolitan Police investigation into “racist” comments about Gypsies and Travellers on a secret Facebook group for serving and retired police officers called ‘I’ve met the Met’ was not thorough enough, because it had failed to contact any of the officers using the group.

The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) has ordered the Metropolitan Police to re-investigate the Traveller Movement complaint and to access the Facebook group and find, contact and interview all serving police officers who ‘liked’, commented on, or viewed the “racist” comments which included posters calling Gypsies and Travellers “f*cking pikeys.”.

The comments – described as “offensive and racist” by the IPCC – were posted on the secret Facebook group called ‘I’ve met the Met’. The Facebook group made national headlines late last year, when they were uncovered by the Traveller Movement and a complaint was lodged with the Metropolitan Police.

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