Racial problems with the police don’t just happen in America, they’re happening in the UK as well. A report from RT shares that “it is an accepted practice to stop young black men to try and boost arrest rates for drugs such as cannabis, while others turned a blind eye to white men who may be carrying cocaine.”
Instead of judging stop-and-search based off of intelligence, the arrests are made due to being a person of color, something that has been happening for years. Victor Olisa, Scotland Yard’s most senior black officers claims that “you end up building a process and a stereotype. The cop on the ground is just doing it because of what he or she thinks is right, they are not doing it because they are racist.”
The Black Live Matter movement released data reporting “black people are 37 percent times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people and three times more likely to be arrested by white people.” It also states that there has been a 57 percent rise in racial hate crimes since June!
Hopefully the more public awareness that is being brought to these injustices, the more police will see the need to change polices and procedures.