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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-16-10 06:59 PM
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Black people are 26 times more likely than whites to face stop and search (England,Wales)
Source: Observer

Black people are 26 times more likely than whites to face stop and search
Analysis of government data shows shocking discrepancy in stop and search figures for England and Wales
Mark Townsend The Observer, Sunday 17 October 2010

Black people are 26 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, the most glaring example of "racial profiling" researchers have seen, according to an international report.

The analysis of government data has brought claims of discrimination from campaigners who say the findings corroborate concerns that black and Asian Britons are being unfairly targeted. The US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who arrives in London today to launch a campaign aimed at curbing what he says is stop-and-search discrimination, described the figures as "astonishing".

The figures relate to stop-and-searches under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which was introduced to deal with football hooligans and the threat of serious violence. It allows police to search anyone in a designated area without specific grounds for suspicion.

Analysis by the London School of Economics and the Open Society Justice Initiative found that there are 41.6 Section 60 searches for every 1,000 black people, compared with 1.6 for every 1,000 white people making black people 26.6 times more likely to be stopped and searched. Asians were 6.3 times more likely to be stopped than whites, according to the analysis of Ministry of Justice figures for 2008-09.



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/17/stop-and-searc...
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-16-10 07:01 PM
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1. And the U.S. nt
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-16-10 07:02 PM
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2. I'm kind of surprised by this, actually.
If I'd had to guess who was most likely to face racial profiling in the UK, I would have guessed Arabs, Turks, Persians, and other people of middle eastern descent.
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USA_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-16-10 10:44 PM
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3. Been Reading About This In Guardian ...
... for quite a while. This despite the fact that the Socialist Labour Party (supposedly a leftist group) was in control of that country for so long.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-17-10 04:20 AM
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6. What "socialist labor party" are you talking about? You sound like a Beck fan.
There used to be a left-center organization--hardly SOCIALIST-- called the Labour Party. They gave way to the neoliberal (meaning free-market, capitalist) "New Labour" Party which is their equivalent of the Democrats/DLC. Hardly "socialist."

There is a party called the Socialist Workers Party with about 250,000 members, but they hardly control--or even have a say in--UK politics.
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Celefin Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-17-10 01:35 AM
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4. Profiling comes in many forms
I'm white, male, Danish and lived in Germany, Wales, Scotland and Denmark. I was stopped and searched regularly in the past, about twice a year.
That changed when I trimmed my beard and cut my long hair: never been stopped since then (about 8 years) on the continent. Just twice in the UK where I was driving a European car with the steering 'on the wrong side' for the Brits.
Not to apologize for profiling bahaviour, but humans latch on to differences. The more different you are to the one doing the stopping and searching, the more likely you are to having to endure it. Race is of course the ultimate difference. But hairstyle or carmodel work as well.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-17-10 03:17 AM
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5. AHHH --- The old "DRIVING WHILE BLACK"
The source of 25% of drug arrests in the old USA
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-17-10 09:44 AM
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7. recommend
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