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Metropolitan Police officer loses racism claim

A 2001 picture of Det Sgt Gareth Reid
Det Sgt Reid clashed with his manager

A Metropolitan Police officer praised by ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone for his handling of a racist attack on him has lost a race discrimination claim.

Det Sgt Gareth Reid, 45, said he faced negative treatment from colleagues and was removed from a training programme which would have led to a promotion.

The employment tribunal dismissed the claim saying his removal from the training was not on racial grounds.

Two former Stephen Lawrence murder suspects attacked Mr Reid in 2001.

David Norris and Neil Acourt, who had driven their car at Mr Reid and racially abused him, were jailed for 18 months. Mr Livingstone praised Mr Reid for "standing up" to the men by giving evidence in court.

Clashes with manager

Mr Reid, who joined the force in 1990 and moved to Lewisham police station in April 2007, told the panel sitting in Croydon, south london, that he suffered direct racial discrimination and victimisation on 11 occasions.

He had passed the exams to become a detective sergeant and was taking part in a training course, Towbar, which would have led to the promotion being confirmed.

The panel heard Mr Reid had clashed with his manager on several issues, including his response to an unexplained death, sense of time-keeping and handling of complaints.

He was subsequently removed from the course and returned to the rank of a detective constable.

The officer, who brought two other claims of racial discrimination against the Met in 1997 and 2001, claimed he was singled out and removed from the training because of his previous claims and his work with the Metropolitan Black Police Association.

In its judgement the panel said Mr Reid's manager was an "efficient administrator and manager" who was brought in to improve the performance in the area.

The tribunal concluded: "We are unable to find any point from which we could conclude that the removal from the Towbar process was in any way on racial grounds or by reason of any protected act."

A Met spokesman said: "The Met is pleased to have successfully defended the allegations of race discrimination and victimisation."

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