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Policeman filmed 'assaulting' boy
A policeman has been filmed on CCTV allegedly assaulting a teenage boy just hours after his colleague was recorded apparently racially abusing a man, it has been reported.
Both incidents happened on August 11 last year as police officers in London dealt with the fallout of the riots sweeping the capital.
Last week sources confirmed Pc Alex MacFarlane of the Metropolitan Police had been suspended after a recording was made of a suspect being called a racial slur.
The arrested man, named as Mauro Demetrio, 21, from Beckton, east London, was arrested on suspicion of drug driving but no action was later taken. He recorded the abuse on his mobile phone.
The Guardian has reported that another officer, who it said was with Pc MacFarlane when Mr Demetrio was abused, was placed on restricted duties after later being allegedly seen kicking the 15-year-old black boy to the ground and kneeing him.
The incident was said to have happened in the custody area of an east London police station with part of the incident recorded on CCTV.
An independent investigation into the alleged assault on the teenager ended last week and a report, understood to recommend disciplinary action, has been submitted to the Metropolitan police, the Guardian reported.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This matter was referred to the IPCC and the officer placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of their independent investigation. We have now received their findings and recommendations which we will consider and respond to."
Referring to both incidents, Commander Peter Spindler of the Directorate of Professional Standards said: "We are taking these allegations extremely seriously. Any use of racist language or excessive use of force is totally unacceptable; at the conclusion of any criminal proceedings we will instigate the appropriate internal action."
Catherine Crawford, chief executive of the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, branded the allegations "deplorable", adding: "Racism is always reprehensible, but racism within the Metropolitan Police Service, whose officers and staff are in a special position of trust, is particularly deplorable and will not be tolerated."