“Over-using Stop-and-Search deeply unfair”, Says PCC Candidate

July 11, 2020 9:09 PM
By Kate Smith
Sir Ed Davey (UK Lib Dems)

Sir Ed Davey

Sir Ed Davey, who is co-leading the Liberal Democrats, has written to the Prime Minister, urging him to abolish often harmful and discriminatory Section 60 "suspicionless" Stop-and-Search powers.

Kate Smith, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, agrees and says, "Normal Stop-and-Search exists for good reasons, but under suspicionless

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Kate Smith

Stop-and-Search by Police, a Black person is 47 times more likely to be stopped and searched than a White person.
Too often it seems just being Black is enough for someone (like Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams) to be a criminal. Boris Johnson must get rid of this category of Stop-and-Search, and end the injustice it brings to so many people from the UK's black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities".

David Lammy MP produced a Review in 2017, which concluded, "The disproportionate use of Stop-and-Search on BAME communities continues to drain trust in the criminal justice system as a whole." Not one of the Lammy Review's 35 recommendations has been implemented since.