But Mr Geddis was said to be devastated when legal papers were passed to him last week - along with 41 other officers, including the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Paul Condon - informing them they were being sued under Section 20 of the Race Relations Act, which refers to discrimination on grounds of race.
The individual claims against officers from constable to superintendent are part of the wider claim against the force, accusing them of a failure to investigate properly, said solicitor Imran Khan. Mr Khan said yesterday that he was prepared to apologise to Mr Geddis. But he also demanded an apology from the Metropolitan Police federation for its claim that the Lawrence family were pursuing a vendetta against individual officers. "We're seeking an apology in the same way that I am prepared to apologise for the error," he said.
The chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, Peter Herbert, also criticised the federation's comments. "Such language is best reserved for the perpetrators of racism, not the victims," he said.
Glen Smyth, the chairman of the federation which represents rank-and- file officers, said he stood by his comments.Reuse content