By Adam Decker, Marketing −
The English Metropolitan Police, locally referred to as the “Met,” sits at the center of a scandal that is rocking London to its core. Met Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey labeled the police force as a hotbed of corruption, with an overwhelming number of officers and criminals working together since 2002.
Despite the mountains of overwhelming evidence, a startling few of those officers connected with the scandal have been prosecuted. Citizens express outrage and begin to question the legitimacy of the Met today.
Evidence Continues to Pile Up
According to Mackey, more than 200 boxes of evidence were collected from the original investigation, each highlighting the corruption of Scotland Yard’s London Units. There is an incredible amount of evidence showing various officers and detectives performing illegal activities, such as participating in drug deals, helping criminals escape, and aiding the Mafia.
There were trials where mobsters were tipped off, and case evidence went missing, only to be discovered later. They were also occasions where Mafia members were given access to confidential files.
Mackey expressed fears this investigation will only get worse, as the nature of crisscrossing cases will likely lead to new discoveries of corruption.
Investigations Tainted With Corruption
As the public loses faith in the force, investigations by suspected officers have come into question, particularly the murder investigations of teenager Stephen Lawrence and private investigator Daniel Morgan. In light of these scandals, the public is even more convinced these murders were not handled properly —and the public is furious.
Mackey is withholding full disclosure of the investigation, leading many to assume the facts would spark chaos and complete mistrust. Fewer than 10 of the men in those documents have been arrested and prosecuted.
Before this investigation, many held the London police force in the highest esteem as the best in the world when it came to law enforcement. Many find it unsettling to hear not only of the long-lasting corruption, but also the force’s apparent apathy to resolve the situation. To think that officers of the law had a hand in botched murder investigations is horrifying. Hopefully, law enforcement will address and fix these issues.
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