An open letter to the Evening Standard

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Dear Editor,

On behalf of the below members of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee I would like to express our disappointment in your lead story of Tuesday 13 September, headlined “Police do target black people on streets”.

Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa has expressed his deep concern about the way this story was reported. We share his concerns that your article, in particular the headline, does not accurately reflect the comments made in his interview, and could lead some people to misinterpret his views.

The Met is working hard to improve its diversity and relationship with local communities. Only a few days before your article it was reported that the Met had significantly improved on its diversity, with over 4,000 Black and Minority Ethnic officers now in the service. We accept that it still has some way to go, and would encourage responsible reporting as a way of helping to maintain and build public trust in officers in our capital.

Yours sincerely,

Steve O’Connell AM, Conservative
Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee

Kemi Badenoch AM, Conservative
Unmesh Desai AM, Labour
Peter Whittle AM, UKIP

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