OVER-USING STOP-AND-SEARCH DEEPLY UNFAIR SAYS PCC CANDIDATE
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 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 treated like 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.