Senior cop facing disciplinary action 'for calling ethnic minority colleague a choc ice'

A SENIOR detective is facing disciplinary action for allegedly using the racist slur “choc ice”.

Chief Inspector Stewart Miller is accused of making the remark about an ethnic minority colleague who wanted to work from home.

He is alleged to have dismissed the officer’s fears of being more at risk of catching coronavirus because of his ethnicity by saying he was “probably more white and middle-class than I am”.

The detective allegedly went on: “He isn’t fat or diabetic and has a good job so doesn’t fit the category.

“In fact, he is as close to white as he can be. In fact, he’s a choc ice.”

The conversation was said to have taken place when a detective inspector approached Mr Miller for advice at a police station in Grimsby, Lincs.

Yesterday, Mr Miller faced a disciplinary panel, charged with breaching professional standards.

He said he deeply regretted using the term but claimed he did not know it was offensive.

Mr Miller, an officer for more than 21 years, said: “I would not use those words again with the knowledge I now have.”

The hearing continues.

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