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Shocking rise in stop and search figures

Issue No. 2224

Black people are 27 times more likely to face stop and search by the police than whites. Asians are six times more likely to be stopped.

And a new report reveals that the numbers are going up.

The research by the London School of Economics and the Open Society Justice Initiative covers 2008-9.

In the previous year’s survey, black people were 11 times more likely to be stopped and Asians twice as likely as whites.

The vast increase is down to a shift in the way the power is used.

Police in England and Wales perform stop-and-searches under Section 60 of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act.

The power was supposedly given to deal with violence from “football hooligans”.

But now they are increasingly declaring whole areas as section 60 zones—often concentrating on areas and events that black people attend, such as the Notting Hill Carnival.

US activist Jesse Jackson arrived in Britain this week to launch a campaign against what he called “astonishing” discrimination.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2224
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