MET police were forced to apologize to a university lecturer after officers mocked her for “stinking shorts” and called her “rank”.
Dr Konstancja Duff – an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham – was searched at Stoke Newington police in 2013.
She is accused of interfering in the arrest of a 15-year-old boy by giving him a card listing his legal rights in Hackney, London.
The teenager was later discovered hiding a 6-inch-long knife in his sock.
CCTV footage released for Guardians captured Sergeant Kurtis Howard – the head of the detention area – ordered officers to use “any means necessary” to search Dr. Duff.
He orders them to “treat her like a terrorist” and shows her “resistance is futile”.
Dr. Duff ripped her clothes off with scissors by three female officers in the cell, who pinned her down.
When the search was over, an officer outside her cell asked the female officers: “Didn’t find anything unrelated to her, ladies and gentlemen?”
One woman replied: “A lot of hair.”
Two police officers were seen rummaging through Dr Duff’s belongings, before one exclaims: “Sorry, sorry, what’s that smell?”
Another replied: “Oh, that’s her panties, isn’t it?”
A third officer added: “Ugh, I feel disgusted; I need a shower,” replied a colleague: “You need disinfection.”
Dr Duff told The Guardian: “It’s an effective spark: ‘We only care about your mental health, which is why we have to – for your sake – force you to You must be naked and mummified.”
“Obviously they didn’t do anything at the time. They did it as punishment, they did it as a threat, they wanted to calm me down and get my details.”
Met Police issued an apology after CCTV footage emerged – and promised to compensate Dr Duff.
Inspector Andy O’Donnell – from the Met’s director of professional standards – told her: “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely and frankly apologize for the sexist, offensive and It is unacceptable to be used about you and any discomfort and distress this may cause.
“I hope that the resolution of this complaint and the acknowledgment of the impact of what happened that day will help you to work this incident out behind your back.”
In 2018, Sgt. Howard was cleared by a disciplinary panel for serious misconduct.
He claimed his actions were called to find out if Dr Duff was a risk to her.
It is not clear if any other officials are being investigated, but an investigation by the Directorate General of Professional Standards is underway.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17431189/met-police-apologise-university-lecturer-officers-mocked-knickers/ Met police forced to apologize to university lecturer after officers mocked her as ‘smell-smelling panties’ and called her ‘rank’