Police officer accused of racial abuse during riots to stand trial in October

A Metropolitan police officer accused of racially abusing a man arrested during last summer’s riots will stand trial in October.

PC Alex Macfarlane, 53, is accused of racially insulting Mauro Demetrio after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Macfarlane was recorded on a mobile phone by Demetrio allegedly telling him: “The problem with you is you will always be a nigger, yeah?”

Macfarlane denies one count of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following the alleged incident, which took place on 11 August last year.

The charge alleges Macfarlane “demonstrated hostility” towards Demetrio “based on his membership or presumed membership of a particular racial group as defined by his colour, namely that he was black”.

Appearing at Southwark crown court for a plea and case management hearing, Macfarlane spoke only to confirm his name and plead not guilty to the charge.

Judge Alistair McCreath adjourned the case for trial on 15 October.

Addressing Macfarlane, the judge added: “You can go out now on the same unconditional bail conditions as before to return to court on 15 October to stand trial.”

The Guardian