Stop and Search

The Silent Cleansing Of Black Men From Society

Dr Zubaida Haque | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Dr Zubaida Haque

The state has written off the chances of black men achieving life success to the best of their potential and the unfairness is deafening; the government has set up a Social Mobility Commission to address the lack of transition in schools, jobs and society for people from poor backgrounds, but has done little to nothing for black boys, even though a quarter of black people are from deprived backgrounds.

The Most Lamentable Home Secretary Ever? An Open Letter To Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

How was it that on your watch, despite terrorist incidents across Europe and the world including the Nairobi Westgate Shopping Centre massacre and the Lee Rigby murder, all of which sent shudders through our police service, armed officer numbers declined. Even in 2015 with the Paris Charlie Hebdo atrocity and the massacre of mainly English nationals at Souse, you still sat on your hands as numbers of British armed police reduced still further.

A Six-Year Nightmare for Policing and Borders, And Now the Top Job? An Open Letter to Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Explain why, Home Secretary, that when you make your constant references to police transgressions, you don't balance this by referring to the fact that the number of officers involved are but an infinitesimal speck when set against the tens of thousands of officers who have served or are serving since the 1980s?

It Is Time to Engage With George Galloway's Policy Proposals

David Lindsay | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

The bookmakers have George Galloway in third place for the position of Mayor of London, which is determined by the Supplementary Vote. Neither Sadiq Khan nor Zac Goldsmith stands any realistic chance of winning outright on first preferences. They, and all other Mayoral candidates who want to win, need to start engaging with Galloway's policy proposals.

The Tories Are Risking Decades of Progress in Policing

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 18.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

This week, after years of progress, the Conservative government's Immigration Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, contains some draconian new powers and new criminal offences... After decades of progress the Tories now risk turning the clock back.

London's Police Are Angry Theresa May Told Them Off Over Stop And Search

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A row has broken out between the Metropolitan Police and Theresa May over the use stop and search and the force's lack of racial diversity. On Thur...

'No Justification In The World' For These Police Stop And Search Figures

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to "step up" and close the gap on racial bias in stop and searches in England and Wales after figures showed...

Theresa May and Front Line Police; An Irreparable Breakdown

Chris Hobbs | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

The revelation by the Police Federation that the morale of rank and file officers was at its lowest ever level will as no surprise to those struggling to maintain an effective police service in urban and rural areas throughout the UK.

This Police Tactic 'Has Alienated Whole Swathes Of Communities'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

Stop and search is so alienating and damaging for police relations in London that people have started calling it "stop and scarring", a campaigner has...

'Many Stop And Searches Only Happen Because The Person Is Black'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

The Home Secretary has said that "a large number" of stop and searches by police only happen because the person being stopped is black. In the most...

Soaring Muslim Prison Population Is a Blight on the Community

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has rightly called for an inquiry on rising prison populations from the Muslim community in London prisons. Figures show that 27% of London prisoners are Muslims; double the rate of the overall Muslim population in the city.

Will the Met Police's New Approach to Conducting Stop and Search Help Rebuild Public Trust? Young People Are Yet to Be Convinced

Mike Bonnet | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Mike Bonnet

Will the Met Police's new approach to conducting stop and search help rebuild public trust Young people are yet to be convinced. The government's policy on stop and search is once again under the spotlight. In the aftermath of inquest into Mark Duggan's shooting, the police, Home Office and home secretary have all spoken about the need for a fairer and less divisive stop and search policy.

Stop And Search 'Down 90%' But Communities Still Feel Victimised

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Stop and search in Lodnon has declined dramatically in recent years, but disaffected communities still believe the police ride roughshod over their ri...

Police! Stop and Search - Finding a Solution to Duggan's Injustice

Ayesha Carmouche | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Ayesha Carmouche

Why is there such a divide between many communities and public institutions? And why is it that young people, particularly those with the extra complication of ethnicity, are still not treated as individuals deserving of equal status to that of the average middle age, white citizen?

Mark Duggan Inquest Shows We Need Better Relations Between Police and Community

Diane Abbott | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

But the anger about the death of Mark Duggan was never just about the man himself. It was about long standing issues between communities and the police. So anger about this week's verdict of "lawful killing" is about so much more than the technicalities of the case.

One Year On, Are Police and Crime Commissioners Delivering on Human Rights?

Emma Hutton | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Hutton

The small number of PCCs who responded to our questions stressed how important human rights are to their work, and that they see them as part of everyday policing. Encouragingly, they linked the protection of human rights to equality and justice - values that we all share.

Why the Drug Laws in the UK Must Be Reformed if the Government Truly Wants to Address the Racial Disparities in Stop and Search

Niamh Eastwood | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Niamh Eastwood

Ending the criminalisation of drug use would remove the need to unnecessarily search hundreds of thousands of people every year. Thus ensuring that the numbers of people, especially those from the black community, caught up in the criminal justice system is significantly reduced.

On Trial: Racial Profiling in Europe

Declan Tan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Declan Tan

In March last year, the German administrative court in Koblenz deemed it legal to carry out identity checks based on an individual's skin colour alone. Apparently, what had eluded this Judge was a keener interest in the golden rule. Consider.

Stop and Search: Can the Police Get It Right?

Neena Samota | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Neena Samota

Most police forces continue to view the power to stop and search a vital part of policing communities, keeping them safe and reducing crime. StopWatch strongly contests this view; existing data on ethnic disproportionality, lack of public trust in police and complaints procedures raise more questions around legitimacy and lawfulness.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Big Day, Big Speech, For Ed Miliband

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 9 July 2013... 1) BIG DAY, BIG SPEECH, FOR ED MILIBAND "Ed Miliband's speech today is most important ...

Jessica Elgot

Stop And Search Unlawful In One In Four Cases, Police Watchdog Finds | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK

One in four police "stop-and-searches" have been deemed unlawful by the police watchdog, which also warned that black and minority ethnic groups were ...

Jessica Elgot

Racial Profiling Of 'Stop And Search' Does Not Mean Lower Crime Figures | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

Racial profiling of stop-and-search suspects makes absolutely no difference to crime figures, a new report has warned. Forces in the UK who disprop...

The US Elections: History Was Made, But Not by Obama

Jason Reed | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

On the US election night, there were a host of unprecedented referendums that included three states proposing full-blown reform and regulation of their marijuana laws, in essence, and to use the shorthand, marijuana would be legalised. Those who follow drug policy held their collective breath (if they were awake to see it) as the results poured in from Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

With Little Reduction in the Met's Use of Stop-and-Search Campaign Groups are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

Glenn McMahon | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Glenn McMahon

When asked what they can do to tackle the problem young people shrug saying they feel powerless. Unaware of their rights or how to complain - or if indeed its even worth doing so - they accept stop-and-search as a fact of life.

The Drama of Stop and Search, From the Street to the Stage

Dominic Taylor | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dominic Taylor

Stop and search - stopping and or searching an individual in a public space on suspicion of a crime or potential crime - remains one of the most tangible signs that in Britain today, we are all far from equal.