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Anger over stop and search figures

DISPARITY: Dr Richard Stone

RACE EQUALITY campaigners have called government figures showing black people are more likely to be arrested and stopped and searched a ‘national scandal’.

According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) from 2009/10 covering England and Wales, black people are three times more likely to be arrested and up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched.

The arrest rate was 26 per 1,000 among the white community and 84 per 1,000 among the black community.

The statistics also show that the stop and search rate was 18 per 1,000 among the white population and 126 per 1,000 among the black population.

Dr Richard Stone, a member of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry panel, said he was appalled by the figures.

“The disparity in stop and search (of black people) is very disappointing and creates a huge amount of anger in black communities. There are also disparities still in the employment of black and Asian officers.”

Dr Stone said that police were biased against the black community with stop and search tactics that target young black men.

The figures were published for the MoJ’s statistical bulletin on race and the criminal justice system, which looked at the ethnicity of those that are stopped and searched and arrested in England and Wales.

The biennial statistics also found that although the number of arrests fell by 3 percent in 2009/10 compared to 2005/06, the number of black people arrested rose by 5 percent.

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