UK Black People Disproportionately Strip-Searched by Police

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Black children are 6.5 times more likely than white children to be strip-searched by police.

The Runnymede Trust, an independent British race equality think tank, published a study showing that Black people are “disproportionately strip-searched by nearly all police forces” in England and Wales.

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Black children are 6.5 times more likely than white children, and Black adults 4.7 times more likely than white adults, to be strip-searched by police. The data comes alongside a Home Office consultation on the use of strip searches against minors.

This follows the Child Q scandal in 2020, during which a 15-year-old Black girl was strip-searched while on her period at her school in East London without an appropriate adult present after being wrongly accused of smelling of cannabis.

“Strip searching is such an invasive procedure, and when deployed with this level of racialised disproportionality, the harm reaches way beyond the individual child or person,” said Shabna Begum, chief executive of the Runnymede Trust, describing the practice as “inherently violent, humiliating and harmful, especially for children.”

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The study revealed that more than 47 percent of strip searches conducted on children in London are on Black children, even though they constitute only 16.9 percent of the city’s child population. In Sussex, a Black person is 18 times more likely to undergo a strip search compared to a white person.

“If we actually want to build safer communities and safeguard our children, we need to invest in our social infrastructure and ensure people have the opportunities and resources to thrive and flourish,” Begum said.

“We cannot continue to be told by politicians across the political spectrum that so-called ‘tough on crime’ policies are the solution to social problems,” she added.

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Source: Xinhua

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