Met police sergeant is thrown out of the force for making unwelcome advances to female junior colleague
- Sergeant David Morton alleged to have treated colleague different as a woman
- Alleged to have made unwanted advances between January and October 2019
- Comes days after a racist WhatsApp group set up by ex-Met officer was exposed
A Met Police sergeant has been thrown out of the force after he was found to be making unwanted advances to a female junior colleague.
Sergeant David Morton was alleged to have treated her differently because she was a woman.
He was alleged to have made unwanted advances towards his female colleague between January and October 2019. His misconduct hearing was held this week.
The Met said that there was no place for people who ‘let down their colleagues but also the public’, such as custody officer Sergeant Morton.
He was found to have breached authority, respect, courtesy and integrity as well as equality and diversity.
The sergeant can no longer be employed by police after he was added to the Barred list by the College of Policing.
Detective Superintendent Matt Pilch, who leads the struck off officer’s Met Detention divison, said: ‘We will not tolerate behaviour that fails to meet the standards we expect of our officers.
Sergeant David Morton has been thrown out of the force after he was found to be making unwanted advances to a female junior colleague
‘Anyone working for the Met deserves to be able to do so in an environment where they are respected, treated with dignity and not subjected to unacceptable behaviour by their colleagues or those who are supposed to be supervising them.
He added that they were forced to intervene when they found out about the behaviour.
‘I hope today’s decision sends a clear message to our staff and the public about the consequences of such actions,’ he added.
‘We are committed to driving forward ambitious reforms across the Met. There is no place for people who do not support those objectives and let down not just their hard working colleagues but also the public.’
It comes just days after a ‘vile and deplorable’ racist WhatsApp group set up by an ex-Met officer was exposed.
The chat, set up by Rob Lewis – who was arrested on Wednesday, was flooded with racist memes and messages, including about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The former cop in his 60s was held on suspicion of offences under the Communications Act and misconduct in a public office.
Sir Mark Rowley (pictured) says he will be ‘ruthless in rooting out those corrupting officers and staff’
According to the BBC Newsnight probe, there were also ‘vile’ messages about the Government’s policy to deport migrants to Rwanda for processing, slurs about black MPs and abuse towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
There was at least one joke about the recent devastating floods in Pakistan, where 1,700 have died and millions were displaced.
Several of the members of the WhatsApp group used to work for the Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG), the armed unit that guards Parliament and embassies.
Wayne Couzens also worked for the DPG until he abducted, raped and murdered Sarah Everard.
Just two weeks ago, two serving Met officers were convicted of sending grossly offensive misogynistic and racist messages in a WhatsApp group with Couzens.
Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said this week: ‘My plan for reform in the Met is already under way. I will be ruthless in rooting out those corrupting officers and staff, including racists and misogynists, from our organisation.
‘I have taken over as the leader of an organisation that has been far too weak in taking on those who undermine the honest and dedicated majority who determinedly serve the public.
‘That will change and I will continue to seek out those, from both within and outside the Met, with that constructive anger who can help us reform.’