Police rapped over 'racist' email

An email showing a man being decapitated has led to disciplinary action for 100 Herfordshire police officers and staff after a "robust" investigation. The American email at the centre of the controversy reportedly showed images of a black man who, during a police chase in Atlanta, attempted to jump from a flyover onto the roof of a building and was then decapitated after falling on railings.

The email, entitled "do not run from the police", was distributed to 400 officers and staff, of which 100 viewed the disturbing content. The remaining 300 deleted the message. Deputy chief constable Simon Ash said: "I am disappointed by the conduct of officers and staff who distributed this inappropriate image that some people may have perceived as being racist." However, Adam Kemp, chairman of the Hertfordshire Police Association told the BBC that the disciplinary action did not relate to any racist offence, but rather that staff had breached the force's internet security policy.

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Doesn't surprise me - as soon as a black person is involved, people are quick to scream "racism" all over, even if it isn't remotely true (like here) :suspicious:
It's good that the chairman kept his composure and didn't wrongly classify it as "racist".

Quick question guys - How many of the Police watching this were white/black. I bet there was a mixture. Hence there wwas no rascist undertone here.....it was simply people who should know better being knobs!!

Makes me feel a bit sick. I dont think this is racist at all but who sends a chain email out to 400 employees showing a man getting decapitated. Who's the idiot that did that? I sure as hell wouldnt have wanted to see such an image and the way they made it sound as if its a joke ("dont run from the police") is even sicker.

He probably dident.

1 Person sends to 5 they send to 5 and so on and so on.

Thats how these things spread.

Not everyone appreciates them though.

How PC do we have to get?? Everyone's scared to say so in case they then get branded a racist or the like as well. Its crazy.

Herts Police Officers got critisised for simply opening the email attachment - how many of us have done that in our work place; without knowing what it contained?

The image might have been disturbing, but i don't see how just 'cause it was a black guy, that makes it racist content. Would it have been homophobic if the poor guy happened to be gay?!

Everyone passes on stuff that isn't appropriate every now and then; the chain mail letters threatening those who don't send them on with death etc could be seen as harrasment if u wanna go that far... surely there are more important things to be worrying about??

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH WINDOWS?
If it's because it was sent on an 'email', then you guys are really stretched for news aren't you?

This isnt a Windows news site. Havent you actually read 95% of the news here? And yes I'm perfectly aware the sites name is neoWIN but to that I reply "so what?". Besides the obvious "win" in the neowin titles theres nothing to show that this is a windows news site.

I think the "Hertfordshire Constabulary Black Police Association" and the rest of these pencilpushers should try solving crimes for a change.

The title is very misleading. The article even states:

However, Adam Kemp, chairman of the Hertfordshire Police Association told the BBC that the disciplinary action did not relate to any racist offence, but rather that staff had breached the force's internet security policy.

-Spenser

A guy running from the police tried to jump from a flyover onto the roof of a building, failed and got owned by some railings, I fail to see the racism. Oh the guy happens to be Black I see now...

I don't see it as racist, just kind of sick. I don't want to be protected by people who get giddy over video footage like that, regardless of race.

Well it's true don't run from the police you only end up hurting/killing yourself or others. Like a high speed chase. This as a joke is wrong but I don't think it had anything to do with his race.

Did anyone else laugh when they read this? (my bad, the video was over something else :() I also have a link to some of the pictures, but I don't know if I am allowed to post them on here...

Have to admit this irked me a bit when I read about it. If this had of been a white guy in the video nothing more would have been said. As I understand it nothing in the actual email pointed out anything to do with the guys skin colour or race. So why was it interpreted as being discrimnatory?

As Sheppard says this world (and quite strongly this country) is so damn PC it makes my skin crawl.. and invariably the minorities being defended neither know (or frankly care) about the majority of these 'infractions' - its just idiots behind desks with nothing better to do. See exhibit (a) not being allowed to sing baa baa black sheep in schools any more, (b) not allowed to use the term blackboard in school (despite it being a board, and black), and © not being able to use the term 'brainstorm' any more as its considered offensive by dyslexic people apparently. I'm glad i'm not a teacher as I think I would have gone schizo if someone had tried to tell me that sort of crap.

It makes me so, so, so angry..

if it was a white guy noone would care. However that being said, the article does state this:
"However, Adam Kemp, chairman of the Hertfordshire Police Association told the BBC that the disciplinary action did not relate to any racist offence, but rather that staff had breached the force's internet security policy."

If there was white guy, the image obviously was not rated as 'racist'.

'Racism' is when black guys do not want anybody pay attention to their statistically more offensive and criminal behaviour.

No. Racism is acting on discrimination. Discrimination is pre-judgments. And you give a nice example of pre-judging and applying a negative label to a whole people, now, don't you?

Go back to your meetings where you all discuss the obvious superiority of whatever race you happen to consider yourself to be a part of. After all, statistically, the other races are more offensive and criminal.

Quote - markjensen said @ #1.1
No. Racism is acting on discrimination. Discrimination is pre-judgments. And you give a nice example of pre-judging and applying a negative label to a whole people, now, don't you?

Go back to your meetings where you all discuss the obvious superiority of whatever race you happen to consider yourself to be a part of. After all, statistically, the other races are more offensive and criminal.

Example: every time (>80%) you meet with people with same some characteristic, you've got negative experience. Will you 'pre-justice' next experience with these people? Of course yes! It's very natural for human to predict forthcoming experience based on past experience.

What's wrong with this logic?

I agree, but there clearly has to be rational thought involved. For example, where I live theres has been quite a bit of street violence, almost always this is black people. As a consequence, I'm much more aware of this fact as I walk around at night. I've got lots of friends who are from many different races, but its still relevant that certain "demographics" are more likely to attack me as I walk the streets. Equally, I'm more likely to avoid someone young than I am an old lady.

This is where racism comes from, and the only real solution to it is to improve society as a whole and remove the inequalities that cause people of certain demographics to act in a way that gives a bad impression of themselves to the rest of society.

Quote - eAi said @ #2.3
This is where racism comes from, and the only real solution to it is to improve society as a whole and remove the inequalities that cause people of certain demographics to act in a way that gives a bad impression of themselves to the rest of society.

QFT!