Riots officer charged over racial abuse


The Scotland Yard officer accused of racially abusing a suspect during last summer's riots will appear in court next month.

The police watchdog served a summons on Pc Alex MacFarlane after being told by prosecutors to charge him with a public order offence.

The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed footage appearing to show him say to 21-year-old Mauro Demetrio: "The problem with you is you will always be a n*****, yeah?"

MacFarlane, 52, will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 22, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.