Met Police officer sacked without notice for alleged racial slur against then-Spurs star

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MyLondon have reported that a Metropolitan Police officer was sacked without notice after he allegedly made a racist slur about former Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli back in 2020.

The incident reportedly occurred on October 14 in 2020 when PC Harrison Gray was at a house party and he was overheard using a racist slur about Alli when ranting about the midfielder’s performances for Spurs.

Gray is said to have used the ‘p word’, which is used as a racist slur to describe people of Pakistan origin, although the England international is English and has a Nigerian father.

Gray’s comments reportedly caused outrage among his colleagues at the party, with a guest even slapping him upon hearing the slur.

His comments were reported to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) but the police constable denied the charges levelled against him, insisting that he only described Alli as ‘overpaid’

Following a probe into the incident, and listening to statements provided by other officers present at the party, Gray has now been dismissed without notice.

Superintendent Richard McDonagh said about the decision: “There is no place for any type of discriminatory language in the Met. While I am incredibly disappointed that PC Gray felt it was acceptable to use this language at all, I am immensely proud that his colleagues did the right thing and reported his behaviour.

“They demonstrated what the Met’s values are and that a colleague using such offensive language, even in a social setting, will not be ignored and brushed under the carpet. We are working hard to rebuild trust and a part of that process is ensuring that those who let the Met down are rigorously investigated and brought to account.”

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Gray’s colleagues deserve credit for reporting the statement to the authorities instead of looking the other way. While the fact that the verdict has taken two years is not encouraging, at least the right decision has been reached eventually.

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