Stop and Search
Police are more likely to stop and search powers against black, Asian and mixed race people than white people in some parts of England. This is then showing that a racial inequality with police is an issue and should police be aloud to stop and search people if they have no evidence that they are creating an unrest to the community, or are black people victimised when it comes to the police stop and search powers.
To search a person or vehicle under pace, police must have a reasonable and justifiable explanation to stop and search The highest disproportionately ratios were found in the following places:
In Dorset it showed that black people were 11.7 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched
In West Mercia, Asian people were 3.4 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched
In Warwickshire, people of mixed race were 4.4 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and public order act 1998, states that police can stop and search someone for weapons, without suspicion that the person is involved in wrongdoing. However, an officer must have a reasonable belief that a crime had or is about to occur. A stop like this can only take place in a specific area for a short period of time. 10 forces with the most section 60 stops in 2011-2012 and also had the highest disproportionately ratios were found in the following places. In the West Midlands, black people were 29 times more likely to be stop a searched than white people. In the west Midlands, Asian people were six times more likely than white people to be targeted In the Thames Valley, people of mixed race were 10.14 times more likely than white people to be targeted. This is also showing a racial inequality.
If stop and search is used proportionally and intelligently the police can then protect the public and help reduce crime. However, there need to be an improvement with...
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