London’s Metropolitan Police force is in need of a “complete overhaul” and is institutionally homophobic, racist and sexist, an official report has said.
Content warning: This story includes topics that could make some readers feel uncomfortable and/or upset. Louise Casey spent a year investigating the Met after a review was commissioned in the wake of one of its officers, Wayne Couzens, abducting, raping and murdering Sarah Everard in March 2021.
She said the force is likely to have more officers like Couzens, as well as serial rapist David Carrick, who also worked for the Met.
The 363-page report also found evidence of “deep seated homophobia” in the force, as well as evidence of widespread bullying and racism. “There is deep seated homophobia within the Met, as shown by the fact that almost one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual Met employees have personally experienced homophobia and 30% of LGBTQ+ employees have said they had been bullied,” part of it said. “Trust, confidence and fairness scores among LGBTQ+ Londoners have fallen significantly.” READ MORE: Met Police: Culture of “disgraceful behaviour” including homophobia, racism and misogyny exposed One openly gay officer told the review his colleagues “were obsessed with his sex life and would continually ask inappropriate questions in briefings or around the police station”, including whether or not he was “a giver or a taker”.