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.
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.
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.