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&#39The Day I Was Stopped and Searched&#39 – Black Cop

By Lester Holloway

A senior black policeman has spoken about his rough treatment at the hands of his fellow officers while off-duty.

Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei
Dizaei: &#39the officer was rude&#39

Superintendent Ali Dizaei told Blink he was stopped and searched twice after he joined the force, and on both occasions he was made to feel like a criminal.

Dizaei, recently cleared of charges brought against him by his police bosses, said his experience of being stopped and searched was the same as thousands of other black and minority ethnic people.

He said some officers used &#39racial profiling&#39 instead of intelligence when carrying out stop and searches. “There is still a feeling that there is an offence called &#39driving while black&#39. There is racial profiling going on.”

Dizaei said said too many officers expected the people they stopped and searched to call them &#39sir&#39. “They are taught this from police training school. They are demanding respect they have not deserved. There is no offence called &#39contempt of cop&#39”.

Chief Inspector Leroy Logan, chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (BPA), said he and many other black officers had themselves been stopped and searched while off-duty.

Logan said: “We are part of the community. We are no different from every other black person in the community, and we also get stopped just like everyone else.”

Dizaei questioned the effectiveness of stop and search, saying it had become a source of discontent.

A major inquiry was launched today (Friday) into claims of victimisation against Dizaei by his Met colleagues.

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) will supervise an inquiry into the conduct of officers involved in Operation Helios.

Scotland Yard mounted a massive £7 million four-year probe into claims of dishonesty and corruption against Dizaei, but he was cleared of all charges.

Iranian-born Dizaei was suspended from his £52,000 job in 2001. Allegations of drug dealing and involvement with prostitutes turned out to be baseless.

Officers even questioned canteen cooks to find out whether Dizaei ate non-Halal meat.

The one charge that made it to court – that of fiddling £270 travel expenses – was thrown out of court last month.

The BPA have called for black communities to boycott the London police force over the treatment of Dizaei.

Previously Logan has been subjected to a fraud probe which was later dropped after it was found there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

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