The mother, whose corpses of the murdered girls were allegedly photographed by the police at the crime scene, lambasted the police, police culture and claimed that racial stereotypes played a role in the case.
Sisters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were found stabbed to death in Fryent Park, in north-west London, this month. They were the daughters of a pioneer clergyman, Mina Smallman, the first woman archdeacon in the Church of England from a black and minority ethnic background.
The case is under investigation by police watchdog, who arrested the two officers on Monday over the allegations.
It was first revealed by The Guardian and allegations that agents guarding the murder scene photographed and shared the bodies via a WhatsApp discussion group, as well as allegedly taking a crime scene selfie .
Mina Smallman used an interview with the BBC to put her family’s horrible experience in the context of worse treatment because of race.
BBC interview extracts said Ms. Smallman said, “If we ever needed an example of the toxicity of these substances, these police officers felt so safe, so untouchable, that they thought they could take photos of dead black girls and send on.
“This speaks volumes about the ethics that cross the metropolitan police.”
Smallman said that taking the photos showing the faces of her daughters had “dehumanized” her children and that she feared it could be posted on the Internet: “They were nothing to them and even worse, they sent them to the public. “
Smallman said the photos “took our pain away”, and his comments will add to claims that Met police have failed to fight racism while Blacks Lives Matter protests continue.
The sisters were missing after a birthday on June 5 and their bodies were found on June 7. Police believe they were stabbed by a stranger who was injured in the attack and who is still at large.
Smallman attacked the police response when his daughter was missing, accusing the police of “making assumptions” and said, “I knew instantly why they didn’t care. They didn’t care because they looked at my daughter’s address and thought they knew who she was. A black woman who lives in a communal area. “
The bodies were not found by the police, but in fact by one of their boyfriends who returned to the area where they were last seen.
The IOPC investigation will examine whether racism led to the alleged actions of the officers, the Guardian learned. The police watchdog also examines whether the search for the two sisters after their disappearance has been ruined.
IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said, “We can confirm that as part of our investigation, we will examine whether the actions of the officers were motivated or influenced by racial discrimination.”
The fallout from the Guardian’s revelations on Friday led Cressida Dick, the UK’s top police officer, to apologize for the alleged actions of the two officers, who she said left her “stunned”.
Two officers were arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public service and suspended from their duties. The allegations were reported to the Met’s professional standards branch, which referred them to the IOPC.
Dick condemned the alleged actions of the police and said that she was dismayed by the allegations. “I don’t know all the details, but if it’s like it seems, it’s shocking,” she said. “It’s disgusting and the whole Met would condemn what happened here. If the actions of these officers have added to the unimaginable distress of the families, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. “
The sisters had gathered in a park with friends around 7 p.m. June 5 to celebrate Henry’s birthday. It is believed that they remained behind after the departure of their friends just after midnight and that they had contact with their family and friends at 1:05 a.m. They were missing the following day.
Dick said, “This is a horrible and horrible double murder of two beautiful young women. My heart goes to their family. It is appalling. We do everything we can to bring people or people to justice for this. We have a huge survey, very well funded and using all the expertise not only in London but across the country and beyond.
Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8721 4205, via 101 or tweet @MetCC quotation CAD 3160 / June 7. Alternatively, information can be provided online via this link. Information can be provided anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.