left: Mauro Demetrio, right: PC Alex MacFarlane

Remember PC Alex MacFarlane? Of course you do.

You remember PC Alex MacFarlane because he is the policeman in court this week after being recorded telling Mauro Demetrio that “the problem with you is you will always be a nigger” among other offensive comments.

The trial has ended without the officer being convicted as the jury were unable to reach a verdict. I’d seriously like to see the racial and socio-economic breakdown of that jury.

The non-institutionalised, non-racist police officer was in court with the charges of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

The upstanding policeman’s defence was that, while he admitted using racist language (like he was going to really deny it after being recorded), he didn’t intend to cause offence or upset and in fact used that language to encourage Demetrio to be proud of his race.

Yeah, that’s a novel twist. Amazing how positive a racist insult can become once it has been recorded *sideye at John Terry*.

So the policeman has been let off, basically. And it sends the message to other officers that they will get away with it in the future.

Fuck Thank you very much, British justice system.

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