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HIGH COURT: Ann Juliette Roberts tells High Court that stop and search is 'disproportionately' used against black people

POLICE STOP and search powers are 'disproportionately' used against black people in London, the High Court was told yesterday.

Ann Juliette Roberts, 38, who launched a landmark legal challenge after she was stopped and searched in September last year, is claiming that the policy is 'incompatible' with human rights laws.

Hugh Southey QC, appearing for Mrs Roberts, told two judges: "This power is used in a disproportionate way against black people, and black people in London in particular. We say there are no adequate explanations for that."

Mrs Roberts claims she was forced off a bus by an inspector who said she had come across a number of middle-aged women carrying knives and wanted to ensure that she wasn't one of them.

She says she was later asked her to get off the bus and show her identity documents.

The inspector then called for police assistance.

Lawyers for the Met reportedly argued that Mrs Rogers was caught by a TfL ticket inspector and had falsely stated that she had no identification documents with her.

The case continues.

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