Why the stop & search laws in the UK are broken
Read full article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/stop-and-search-uk-police-amber-rudd-body-cameras-discrimination-a7890821.html?amp
So perhaps, rather than requiring stop and search to be evidence-led, the police should be given better training to ensure that their instinct doesn’t lead them to simply discriminate black and ethnic minorities in the exercise of their power. Although it’s possible that there is no training that can prevent officers from being led by their prejudices, after all, aren’t instincts the compound of our prior experiences and the influences to which we have been exposed?
In 2004 Home Secretary Theresa May changed police guidelines to reduce the use of stop and search. Despite this,black people are still six times more likelythan white people to be stopped by officers.
Less than a month ago, footage surfaced of a clash between police and a 20-year-old man,Rashan Charles, who died after the incident. Information about what happened is still very sketchy, but this incident goes to the heart of why black people are horrified by stop and search. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has suggested that stop and search should be widely used, but only in conjunction with the rollout of police-worn body cameras.