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Concern over police tactic stretches back decades

Equalities body is concerned about disproportionate stop and search

Britain’s equalities watchdog looks like it could get tough on police forces that use “excessive” stops on black people, according to today’s Guardian.

The paper reports:

Police forces will be told they face enforcement action unless they give meaningful promises to change, says a report for the Equality and Human Rights Commission expected to be released later this month.”

What the article doesn’t go into, is the fact that the police have faced scrutiny about disproportionate use of stop and search for many years.

The old Commission for Racial Equality warned in 2001 that figures showing black people were five times more likely to be stopped were unacceptable.

Today’s leaked report suggests that in some areas, black people are now ten times more likely to be searched.

More recently, the EHRC expressed concern in January about “the disproportionate number of black and Asian people being stopped and searched in most force areas.”

Clearly these concerns go back not just years, but decades. It’s not like the police have had no warning about the issue. Perhaps it is time to stop talking and start taking action where there is no justification for disproportionate stops?

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