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Yvette Cooper calls out David Cameron over stop and search

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SHADOW HOME Secretary Yvette Cooper questioned whether the government is united in addressing the disproportionate number of minority people stopped and searched by police.

Raising the issue of the controversial police power yesterday (Mar 10) in the House of Commons to Home Secretary Theresa May, the Labour politician said the tactic needs to be more effectively used and pointed out that David Cameron, before being elected to Prime Minister, “wanted to free the police to do far more stopping and far more searching.”

Responding to Cooper’s claims that she may not agree with her fellow cabinet ministers about stop and search, May said: “I do believe we need to look at stop and search.

“What we all want to see for stop and search, which is a particularly valuable tool for police, is properly used.”

She added: “It is important, it’s a very valuable tool when used properly, and when well targeted it does have the right impact.

“The Met have already started to make some changes in stop and search which is starting to have some impact.”

May also mentioned the HMIC report carried out last year that found stop and search powers were not being used properly in about a quarter of cases they looked into.

Cooper questioned whether May wanted to see the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) replaced by a new watchdog, arguing that the IPCC was failing to properly investigate misconduct cases of officers.

May did not confirm the end of the IPCC but said the police watchdog must have the required powers to look into alleged cases of police misusing their powers.

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