By Lizzie Day • 19 January 2020 • 12:29
It has been reported that Love Island star Mike Boatend is allegedly beeng investigated by Greater Manchester Police for ‘improper conduct’ during his time working for them. His family slams his former bosses for ‘discrimination’ in race row.
A report from The Sun on Saturday has said that Mike who is a former policeman, is part of an ‘ongoing’ inquiry, however his family has slammed this allegation and have accused the force of racism and discrimination.
A source has said: ‘Mike says he left the police to take part in Love Island. But it was more likely the real reason was he was facing improper conduct charges. It seemed like he had serious allegations hanging over him. If ITV were aware of this situation, it’s astonishing that they allowed him to take part. After all, they have a duty of care to all of the show’s contestants.’
It was reported by The Mirror that the Greater Manchester Police’s professional standards department is investigating Mike for allegedly driving without a licence, however this is an allegation that Mike is said to deny.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told The Sun ‘that allegations were made regarding an officer in 2019, which are currently being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch.’
Mikes family has hit back at the claims on Instagram, and have said he had been ‘subject to discrimination’ during his time in the police force, and that the claims were ‘false’. They also said they believed the allegations were ‘a clear attempt to tarnish Mike’s character’ and that they were ‘disheartened’ by the fact GMP had not risen to Mike’s defence in light of the claims.
The statement continue: ‘Mike no longer works for Greater Manchester Police as he resigned after filming introductory videos in preparation for Love Island. Mike showed nothing but dedication to GMP. He joined believing the force represented honesty and integrity…Whilst working for Greater Manchester Police, Mike was subjected to discrimination by officers including an incident where he was called a gorilla during a training session. This is a documented incident that took place. The officers involved in this incidents were not sacked, however relocated to different departments.
‘Mike has not once spoken out against the police and always tried to portray the force in a positive light. His hope was that in him joining the force, people from BAME backgrounds would in turn join, ensuring diverse representation within the organisation.’
The statement ended by saying that if the allegations were true, then ‘Mike would have been sacked as a result of them, which he wasn’t.’
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