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Police Stop & Search: White more likely to be found with drugs compared to blacks

one in four black people searched for drugs were found to be carrying them, compared with one in three white people.

Black people are less likely to be found carrying drugs when stopped and searched in England and Wales than white people, according to a finding by the police watchdog.

I in 4 Black vs 1 in 3 White:

An analysis by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services found that one in four black people searched for drugs were found to be carrying them, compared with one in three white people. (25% to 33.3%)

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Source: Met Police

The graph above suggests that between Dec 2016 to Nov 2017, there were 53,296 searches carried out on blacks while 50,138 was carried out on White people, despite the population Proportion of blacks being only 3% of the Country.

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Source; Met Police

The analysis by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services contained within its annual report which assessed 8,574 stop and search records – about 200 from each force – for the reasonableness of the recorded ground for a stop and search, as well as the ethnicity of the person detained, and whether the item searched for was found.

According to Home office own analysis, for 2016/17, Blacks are 8 times more likely to be stopped and searched than White, and the graph/data shows this disproportionality is getting worse, rising year on year for the past three years.

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The inverse in the rate of stop and search and drugs been found between the White and Black population suggest a massive deficiency in the training of Police and the current methodology used to determine who to stop.

Although suspicion of drug possession is not the only reason Police conduct stop and search but it constitute the main reason and more than every other reason combined, however, the fact that more Blacks are stopped while more Whites are found with drugs on them suggest urgent need for review of the system as clearly the wrong people are being targeted here.

 

reasons for stop and search

Source: Met Police

“We assessed well over three quarters of forces as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in this regard. But that is not to say that there aren’t elements forces could and should improve upon. Of particular concern is the continuing over-representation of black people in stop and search figures. Forces must be able to explain the reasons for any disparity in their stop and search figures if they are to enhance the trust and confidence of all communities.” Mike Cunningham

HMI Mike Cunningham, the officer who led the report acknowledged the over representation of black people in stop and search figures while at the same time praising the improvement in the work of officers in this area but this statement is at odd with the figures that shows increase or widening disproportionality between white and black people which is made worse by the fact that black is less likely to be found with drugs despite been more likely to be searched.

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