Police dodge charge of racism

Submitted by Matthew on 28 September, 2011 - 11:08

Some UK police forces have a record of targetting disproportionate numbers of black people in “stop and account” operations (where people are stopped by the police on the street and asked to say where they are going and what they are doing).

Those same police forces have decided to stop recording the ethnicity of people in those operations!

Keeping records was one of the recommendations of the the McPherson report into the Stephen Lawrence case. But recent changes to the law have made this possible and mean the police can now dodge being held to account for potential racist behaviour.

The campaign Stopwatch, whose research brought this issue to light, are bringing a legal case against the police forces involved.

• More: stop-watch.org

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