Senior Humberside Police inspector who referred to Black officer as a "choc ice" is sacked with immediate effect

A senior police inspector has been sacked following a misconduct hearing into allegations he referred to a Black officer as a “choc ice”.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Miller of Humberside Police was immediately dismissed without notice and an internal investigation carried out, after it was found he used the racist language about a colleague in June.

The hearing at Goole Magistrates Court, which took place Thursday and yesterday, heard the slur was used in response to a colleague enquiring about a Black officer expressing wishes to work from home, due to a report finding BAME people were disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

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Det Chief Insp Miller said, “he is probably more white and middle class than I am”, before adding, “in fact, he’s a choc ice”.

A senior police inspector has been sacked following a misconduct hearing into allegations he referred to a Black officer as a “choc ice”

The comments were made at Birchin Way Police Station in Grimsby, while his office door leading to the Major Incidents Room was open.

Following the decision, Detective Superintendent Matthew Baldwin, from the force’s Professional Standards Department, said: “There is no place for this kind of disrespectful language or attitude in modern policing.

“We are proud to say that the overwhelming majority of our officers and staff value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds which make up our communities.

“This case clearly demonstrates that our officers and staff will not accept this kind of language and will confront and deal with it, if they hear it.”

Det Supt Baldwin added: “It’s vitally important to us that the communities we serve know that they will be treated with courtesy and respect whatever their background and that if we find that any officer or staff member is falling short of that standard, they will be severely dealt with.”

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