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‘Racist’ Police Facebook Group Sparks Outrage In UK

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British police have been criticised after a newspaper revealed evidence of conversations between serving and former officers making ethnic slurs.  The comments published in The Independent on Sunday were made in a secret Facebook group called I’ve Met the Met, which uses the abbreviated name for Greater London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Aljazeera has more:

Members of the group made jokes and used slurs targeting the UK’s Gypsy and Traveller communities, names given to distinct ethnic groups known for their nomadic lifestyles.

One post said that it could be determined that a Gypsy was lying when their lips moved, and others referred to common stereotypes about the communities’ association with petty crime. “I never knew a Pikey could be offended. I thought they were devoid of all normal feelings and thoughts,” said one user, referring to a term used to describe Traveller communities, but considered offensive by the community itself.

The incident is not the first in which London’s police service has faced charges of racism. The Met faced criticism from the British media and politicians alike for its handling of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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