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Several Cases Highlight Police Racial Profiling In England And Wales

There have been a number of claims that highlight that police forces in England and Wales discriminate in their use of force and stop and search.

There have been a number of claims that highlight that police forces in England and Wales discriminate in their use of force and stop and search.

The increase in cases that highlight claims of police racial profiling, has prompted an inquiry to be made on police to establish whether they racially discriminate against ethnic minorities in their use of force and stop and search.

It has been revealed by several key indicators that police powers in England and Wales are used disproportionately against black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people. It is believed that the stop and search is nine times more likely to be used against black people, and Taser use almost ten times more likely.

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During the weekend, a British athlete Bianca Williams and her partner were stopped by police officers, searched and handcuffed in west London. On Wednesday, Cressida Dick, the Met police commissioner, apologised for this misunderstanding.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that it will use formal powers to investigate cases and then assess whether any pattern of racial discrimination exists. The IOPC promised to “drive real change in policing practice”.

It will also assess whether BAME people are being failed as victims of crime. IOPC will investigate whether there is any evidence of bias over the case of sisters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Biba Henry, 46, who were stabbed to death in Fryent country park in north-west London in June. Two officers have been detained over claims that “selfies” were taken showing bodies at the crime scene.

More than 220,000 Black Lives Matter (BLM)  protesters have taken to the streets in the UK, following the police killing in the US of George Floyd in May and the alleged British police racial bias has made them more furious.

A civil rights campaigner Stafford Scott criticised the IOPC race record, saying: “They lack the skills, expertise and desire needed to address racial discrimination internally, much less within the police. This is why the police feel that they can get away with the overtly racist policing that we are witnessing across the country today.”

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