REMOVEPeople of all races resist expanding police powers to stop and search, a new study says.

More than half of ethnic minority adults (58%) disagree with expanding the use of this tactic, with 29% supporting it.

Black Britons are most opposed, with two-thirds (66%) disagreeing and 25% in favor.

This is a marked drop for white Britons, with 48 per cent of YouGov survey respondents disapproving and 36 per cent supporting.

Adding all the ethnicities together shows the majority of Britons opposed to the expansion.

It comes as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is set to become law, after the House of Commons voted to pass the law on Wednesday 180 to 113. It is now awaiting assent. of the royal family.

‘Kill the Bill’ rallies were held across the country

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The act includes a series of measures aimed at reforming the criminal justice system, including expanded stopping and search powers and allowing police officers to initiate a stop where there is no reasonable basis to stop the vehicle. in doubt – under a provision known as a Section 60 order – for up to 48 hours.

Official figures show that Blacks are more vulnerable to police stopping and searching than any other group.

Discussing the YouGov survey, data journalist Isabelle Kirk said: “In light of the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that proposes to expand police powers to prevent deterrence and sought, Britons of all races – including white Britons – were more opposed to the idea of ​​expanding police powers than in favor of it, underscoring broader skepticism about giving police have more power to search people they don’t suspect of committing crimes.

The results of the survey show that the majority of Britons are against extending stop and search powers

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“Given the government’s own data showing that Blacks are nine times more likely to be intercepted and searched, it’s no surprise that [nearly] Half of black Britons say the police use force to stop and search too much, compared to just one in seven white Britons who also say this,” continued Ms.

“The same divide is evident when it comes to policy more broadly, where black Britons – most likely stopped and searched – are the ethnic group most opposed to its use and white Britons most supportive.

“Similarly, Britons of ethnic minority background, and especially black Britons, have little confidence in the police’s ability to apply their stopping and search powers in a way that is fair to them. .”

A third of minority Britons (36%) and 41% of white Britons say police use of containment and searches in their local area makes them not feel safer or less secure than if they did not have this power.

Similarly, 35% of minority Britons and 43% of white Britons say that police use of stop and search measures in their local area does not make them feel more or less confident in the police. close.

In the year to March 2021, blacks were 7 times more likely to be stopped and searched than whites

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The data were drawn from the responses of 1,826 black, Asian and ethnic minorities and 1,512 white, from a sample surveyed between January and February of this year.

In a concession after Lords backed the bill on Wednesday, the government agreed to ask the Home Secretary to conduct a review of the new powers within two years of their entry into force.

The policing bill would also allow law enforcement to stop “noisy protests”. Opposing the measure, Labor chief Lord Coaker told colleagues on Wednesday: “The ‘too noisy’ clause is a nonsense. The protests are about noise.”

Liberal Democrat Lord Paddick, formerly deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, added: “Ask police to predict how loud a protest has not yet taken place could lead to the possibility of bringing a protest. police into unnecessary and inevitable conflict with publicity, further eroding the trust and confidence that police rely on to be effective. ”

The advocacy group Liberty said the bill would prevent people from protesting or “involving them” into the criminal justice system to do so.

Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Amnesty International UK, said the bill’s passage signaled “a dark day for civil liberties in the UK”.

He added: “This deeply authoritarian bill places profound and substantial restrictions on the fundamental right to peacefully protest and will have a serious adverse impact on our ability to listen to concerns. concerns of ordinary people.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) leads the containment and search, acknowledging that there are significant improvements to be made around this controversial policing tactic. .

“We are entrusted with powers on behalf of the public, and as such, we must ensure that they are used in a fair and just manner that ensures trust from all communities,” she said. .

“Stopping and searching, even when done with respect and courtesy, is intrusive and affects people. We recognize that disproportionate levels in a tactic like stop and search are continuing to damage relationships with blacks, Asians, and other minorities.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure we strike a balance between solving crime with building trust and confidence in our community, and we don’t always strike the right balance. It’s with stopping and looking.”

NPCC will work with the College of Policing to make the following improvements recent recommendations from the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC), Ms. Pearson added.

The Police Action Plan on Racial and Inclusiveness, released in late spring, is looking at disparities affecting Blacks working in or interacting with police, she explained. including police use of deterrence and searches.

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