BOYCOTT?: Black officers at Scotland Yard urged to stop using stop and search
A FORMER policing director is calling on black police officers to help boycott discriminatory stop and search powers.
Stirred by a “calamitous” state of affairs, which veteran race equality campaigner Lee Jasper said derives from allegations of racism in the British judicial system, he is now vowing to move forward to fight against inequality.
Jasper, who chairs London Race and Criminal Justice Consortium (LJRC) and co-chairs Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC), said there has been a “collapse of black trust and confidence in Government, the judiciary and the police”.
He said that this has come as a result of racial profiling in the discriminatory use of stop and search.
TARGET FOR CHANGE: New Scotland Yard
The activist said he would use his speech at the National Black Police Officers Association annual conference (NBPA) today ( Oct 17) to address the issue and call on the association to lead the fight against racism in the British judicial processes.
Jasper, who co-chairs the Black Activist Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC) campaign, said: “I am calling on the NBPA to consider backing a boycott of black officers and refuse to undertake stop and searches that are driven by racial profiling and performance targets and to organise the fight back against the stench judicial racism."
Pointing to statistics that show black and ethnic minority people are stopped and searched disproportionately compared with their white counterparts, Jasper also highlighted other concerns, “If you’re black you are twice as likely to be charged for a first time crime offence and less likely to receive a caution."
CALL: Lee Jasper
He continued: “The acute level of concern about the propensity of black men who die in police custody in suspicious circumstances continues to rise (and) complaints of racism against officer are on the rise.”
The National Black Police Officers Association 12th annual education and training conference is being held at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool until tomorrow (Oct 18).