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Scottish cops stop and search scandal

Issue No. 2442

Scottish police carried out more than 600,000 stop and searches in 2013-14. 

Officers said that only 30 percent were due to suspicious behaviour—a legal requirement when demanding a search.

Recent investigations in the Scottish parliament and the Herald newspaper have embarrassed the cops. 

People in Scotland are four times more likely to be stopped than in England and Wales.

Police tried to block research into the figures.

About 500 children under ten years old were frisked in 2010. Police Scotland announced last June last year that searches of children under 12 had stopped. But 356 have taken place since then.

When the high number of searches first emerged Scottish Police argued that they were just better at recording than other forces. 

Now they claim officers are not well trained. 

When 20,086 records of stop and searches went missing they said it was because someone “pressed a wrong button.”

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Tue 24 Feb 2015, 17:17 GMT
Issue No. 2442
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