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Young BAME people speak out on stop and search

SPEAKING OUT: More than two in five young BAME people think police officers don’t exercise their stop and search powers on the basis of fair and accurate information

THE CRIMINAL Justice Alliance (CJA) will publish a report tomorrow (June 29) on the recent experience of young black, Asian and minority ethnic people (BAME) and stop and search.

No Respect is a digest of in-depth interviews and opinion polling among the two million BAME young people aged 16-30 in England and Wales.

The polling, conducted by YouGov, found:

- Three quarters of young BAME people, almost 1.5 million, think they and their communities are being targeted unfairly by stop and search

- More than two in five young BAME people think police officers don’t exercise their stop and search powers on the basis of fair and accurate information

- Almost half a million young BAME people say what they know about the current use of stop and search makes them ‘less proud’ to be a British citizen in 2017

The report will be published at a time when the overall number of stop and searches has fallen from 1.2 million to 380,000 over five years. However latest figures show BAME people collectively are now three times more likely than white people to be searched (up from twice as likely a year earlier) and black people in particular are now six times more likely to be searched (up from four times more likely a year earlier).

CJA Director Ben Summerskill said: ’The discrepancy in the rate at which black people are being stopped on our streets, and the way that some stops are conducted, is clearly toxic to good community relations. Too many young people we’ve spoken to feel a visceral hostility towards police as a consequence. When two thirds of stops lead to no further action being taken at all by most forces, it’s understandable that huge resentment is caused.’

The report features extensive, and sometimes harrowing, detail of young BAME people’s recent experience and views of the use of stop and search across the country.

For more, read the full report tomorrow (June 29) on the Criminal Justice Alliance website.

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