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Community activist outraged at teenage son’s stop and search

STOPPED: Joshua Jaddoo stands where he was stopped by police

WEST MIDLANDS Police’s Professional Standards unit is investigating a stop and search complaint after the victim’s father accused officers of “covert and systemic racial discrimination.”

Joshua Jaddoo, aged 16, who is the son of Birmingham community activist Desmond Jaddoo, was stopped with a friend outside his Kingstanding home by police who said they were investigating the robbery of a white youth nearby. They said the boys fitted the description.

The pair were stopped as three white girls were pointing at them who claimed they were running away. But when officers asked the girls if they recognised Joshua and his friend they said ‘no’ and left the scene.

“Instead of letting them go, the officers searched them and took their details,” said Jaddoo. “They had no grounds as there was no identification by the group of girls, no physical description or clothing description.

“They were given no reason for the search. The only reason for the stop was because they were two black lads walking down the road, who had been immediately eliminated by the girls concerned, so why did they continue with the search?

“The issue here is how many of these searches happen and how many black youngsters don’t bother to report it because they feel officers will close ranks against them?

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“I have made it clear time and time again that stop and search is all about the behaviour of the officers on the ground. It is they who make the difference and in this case it’s a fine example of the worst practice possible.

“This is clear racial profiling because the officers abused their powers. It will be interesting to see what action is taken against the officers concerned. They have clearly not followed the guidelines with regard to stop and search, whilst discriminating against my son and his friend.”

West Midlands Police confirmed that a complaint had been received and was being investigated by the forces Professional Standards Department.

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to making sure that all stops and searches are conducted appropriately, ethically, impartially and objectively and that those stopped and searched are treated with courtesy, consideration and respect.

“We are proud of the significant improvements that we have made to the way in which we use stop and search.

“The additional training given to our front line officers and the introduction of a new recording system has greatly enhanced our ability to use the power proportionately and we continue to work hard to ensure that stop and search continues to protect our communities.”

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