Police Prejudice Exposed In Stop-and-Search Figures


30 July 2015

By Elizabeth Bradshaw

New stop-and-search figures composed by The Independent have revealed the significant issue of ongoing police prejudice, despite concerted efforts to tackle the problem. The Independent collated data from 39 police forces across the country. The result of which revealed that in some areas, a black person is up to 17.5 times more likely to be stopped and searched than a white person

Analysis of police figures by The Independent has revealed that in 36 of 39 police forces across the UK, black people are targeted more than their fellow white citizens when the powers of stop-and-search are exercised. 

The figures have led to many human rights activists advising that the continued “racial bias” shown by police could harm relations with minority communities.

In response to the data collated by the Independent, Teresa May said the publication of the figures was “a further step forward in the Government’s commitment to increasing the transparency of the police and ensuring the public can hold their force to account”.

It is evident that the Government has recognised the cause for concern in the Independent's finding. However, it remains to be seen how effective their methods to address these issues will be.

The above is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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