Metropolitan Police officer David Hair did not racially abuse colleague, magistrates find

A POLICEMAN has been cleared of racially abusing a colleague while on patrol.

A court heard that Met Police officer PC David Hair, 42, of Stewards Green Road in Epping, told a colleague he thought she was “going home to cook bananas” while in a police minibus in March.

But Westminster magistrates found him and his colleague PC Kevin Hughes, 36, of Cricketers Row, Herongate, not guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause another person harassment, alarm or distress.

They also ruled that any comments were not racially motivated.

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10:36am Fri 30 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

I have read this story in the national press and to be frank, am confused.

The magistrate praised the Police and CPS for bringing the case but then went on about 'free speech' and so on.

So, was he saying that it is OK to say that 'black people look like Neanderthals' and that you can suggest to a work colleague 'are you cooking bananas?'

That is the impression that I gauged from the News Report.
I have read this story in the national press and to be frank, am confused. The magistrate praised the Police and CPS for bringing the case but then went on about 'free speech' and so on. So, was he saying that it is OK to say that 'black people look like Neanderthals' and that you can suggest to a work colleague 'are you cooking bananas?' That is the impression that I gauged from the News Report. Cornbeefur

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