I feel Ill - British police officers reprimanded over e-mail
Officers reprimanded over e-mail
A "racist" e-mail has resulted in 140 Hertfordshire police officers and civilian staff being disciplined.
Fifteen of the most senior officers and staff were given formal reprimands, or the civilian equivalent, for distributing the visual message.
The e-mail, originating from the US, shows a black man being decapitated on railings after a pursuit by police.
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Ash said the "inappropriate image" could be perceived as both racist and offensive.
The series of images, which show the pursued man being decapitated after jumping from a flyover, is entitled "Do not run from the police".
Disappointed by conduct
Hertfordshire Police mounted a five-month long "robust" investigation into the distribution of the e-mail, under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A total of 440 officers and staff at the force received it, 300 of whom deleted it. However, it was circulated by the other 140 who were at sergeant rank and below or of civilian grade.
I don't think a robust enough sanction has been taken against the officers concerned, especially the supervisory ones
Keith Jarrett, President of the Black Police Association
Of the senior officers and staff eight were sergeants who received a formal reprimand and seven civilian staff in "supervisory roles" who were handed final written warnings.
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Ash said: "I am disappointed by the conduct of officers and staff who distributed this inappropriate image that some people may have perceived as being racist.
"Through this investigation we have been able to clearly re-state the high standards of conduct required from everyone who works for us - this is no less than our public should expect and demand of us."
Alicia Moore, of Hertfordshire's Black Police Association, said the disciplinary sanctions were "appropriate".
"We see this outcome as an opportunity for us all to learn from the investigation and to be able to move on," she said.
President of the Black Police Association Keith Jarrett said disciplinary action should have gone further.
"I don't think a robust enough sanction has been taken against the officers concerned, especially the supervisory ones," he said.
"It is, at best, disrespectful to the black people that live in Hertfordshire."
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