British ‘Stop and Frisk’: Police 28 Times More Likely to Stop and Search Black People
Racial profiling by police isn’t just an American disparity, at least not according to a British study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which revealed that British police officers are 28 times more likely to stop and search black people versus their white counterparts.
According to The Guardian:
The worst rates of racial disproportionality were outside London, according to the EHRC. An officer in the West Midlands was 28 times more likely to stop and search a black person than a white person, in the Greater Manchester force the figure was 21 times, in the Met 11 times, and for British Transport police the figure was 31 times.
Nationally, the EHRC said black people were 37 times more likely to be stopped and searched under section 60 than white people in 2010-11. From 2008 to 2011, the racial disproportionality worsened for the Met and West Midlands forces, while Greater Manchester’s disproportionality rate in 2008-9 was 44.9 times greater, which had been halved three years later.
The police there have now committed themselves to working with the community to ensure that everyone feels safe and secure. We’ll see.
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