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Sep 19, 2012

In The News: SSLP support community challenging misuse of stop-and-search


Despite the Metropolitan Police Commissioner announcing a new approach to stop-and-search in January after a report linked its aggressive and repeated misuse to the riots last year, thousands of innocent people are still being detained every week prompting concerns that the foundations are being laid for further unrest.

Police officers stop-and-search a thousand people a day in London, according to the Met's own statistics, arresting little over 10%. Figures on how many are actually charged are currently unavailable.

While Section 60s, where a stop-and-search can be conducted without suspicion of criminal involvement, have dropped significantly young people between the ages of 10 and 24 - particularly black males - are still being heavily targeted through PACE (the Police and Criminal Evidence Act).

Read full story at the Huffington Post..

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