An alleged secret police database to track ethic minority officers is set to be at the center of a legal action by a former Asian officer.
A Sunday Times investigation found how Mark Dias, who had joined the Cleveland police force in 2006, and other officers of Asian descent, had made allegations about how ethnic minority officers were viewed as corrupt and were subject of surveillance.
“I feel sickened and degraded that as a consequence of my Asian heritage I was racially labelled and considered a second-class police officer,” said Dias.
The surveillance was said to have started back in 2002, initially against a firearms officer Nadeem Saddique but extended to look at black and ethnic minority officers claimed lawyers acting for the Asian officers
Saddique was last year found the victim of racial abuse by colleagues by an employment tribunal. His lawyers are negotiating compensation and a return to the force.
Cleveland police, who have had a number of claims of racism targeted at them, declined to comment on the case but said it was ‘assessing claims’