Kent Police ordered to pay aggravated damages in British Asian discrimination case
Kent Police have been ordered to pay aggravated damages after a tribunal ruled how a British Asian constable described as a “long-serving, loyal and successful officer, was ‘worn down by the conduct of his senior officers’
In the racial discrimination case involving Angus Bowler, 53, the tribunal also stated how police witnesses had “suffered a collective memory loss” while giving evidence about a crucial aspect of the case.
Because of the discrimination and victimisation, the father of three went from having hardly any sickness absences in 25 years to needing time off for stress, suffering dizzy spells and chest pains, and feeling sick on the way to work.
Speaking at the April 2016 Tribunal, PC Bowler spoke of his sufferance: “Having dedicated more than 25 years to the police force, it was shocking and crushing to find that I was treated differently because of the colour of my skin. This case has caused me and my family a great deal of turmoil and upheaval, but I am relieved to finally be able to put this ordeal behind me and move on.”
A Kent police spokesman made a statement following the ruling: “Kent police was legally represented at the hearing and acknowledges the decision of the employment tribunal. A date for a remedies hearing is yet to be confirmed.”