Katie Price has called for the police officers – who have allegedly been involved in a WhatsApp group created to mock her disabled son Harvey – to be sacked and “named and shamed”
Katie Price is calling for the police officers who allegedly ridiculed her disabled son in a WhatsApp group to be sacked.
The TV personality, 43, shared her views on social media that the officers from South East London should be “named and shamed” after allegations emerged of them publishing racist and sexist jokes, bullying a female colleague and mocking black suspects.
The cops, who are based in Bexleyheath Police Station, are currently under investigation after it was reported that the messages surfaced last March, which included derogatory comments about Katie ‘s son Harvey, 19 The Mirror reports.
Harvey has autism and Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes learning difficulties and behavioural problems, and he is also blind.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner expressed her thoughts on Instagram stories on Friday, saying: “The eight police officers from a south London police station should be sacked and named and shamed after setting up a what’s app group just to take the p**s out of my son.”
The post was shared alongside a video of Harvey, where he spoke to the camera after Katie asked: “Harvey, what do you want to say?”
The teenager responded: “I don’t like the police being horrible to Harvey.”
He then held up his middle finger, and Katie asked: “What is that you are doing?”
Referencing his gesture, Harvey replied: “Bird.”
Katie also shared the clip to her grid and encouraged fans to sign her petition to make it a legal requirement when opening a new social media account, to provide a verified form of ID.
The eight officers have been placed on restricted duties while the investigation is being carried out, MailOnline reports.
Officers were brought into a meeting with senior command after the messages were exposed.
A source said: “They’ve been putting sick jokes in there, pictures of black criminals, but some of the worst stuff was taking the mickey out of Harvey Price.
“There are a lot of messages about him, I’m told.
“These are the people who are supposed to be looking after us and are supposed to be out in these communities.”
The Metropolitan police confirmed that the Department of Professional Standards was investigating allegations that inappropriate material was shared by officers in a closed WhatsApp group.
A Met spokesperson said: “The DPS is considering whether the material constitutes a breach of standards, specifically whether there is any evidence of discrimination relating to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability.
The DPS is also looking into an allegation of bullying involving a female employee.
Harvey has been the victim of cruel trolling in the past, and his mum Katie has campaigned to have the law changed to hold trolls to account.
She has been spearheading a campaign against online trolling, which she is calling Harvey’s Law, with the aim of criminalising social media abuse.