Even though the BNP, odious as it is, is a legal political party, police officers aren’t allowed to be members. The reason the police give is that being a member of the BNP means an officer isn’t going to treat ethnic minorities the same as white people, even if said officer has already gone through the extensive psycho-analysis to make sure they’re a good little prole.
PC Steve Bettley was suspended when the membership list was leaked last year despite denying that he was a BNP member. He has now been sacked after an investigation during which the Black Police Association were fully consulted. A spokesman for Merseyside Black Police Association said he was “satisfied that Pc Stephen Bettley was either a member or supportive of the aims and objectives of the BNP and therefore commend the inevitable decision made by Merseyside Police to dismiss him from service”.
So he got a fair hearing then.