Criminal Justice

Ethnic Profiling: The Use of 'Race' in UK Law Enforcement

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Kjartan Páll Sveinsson
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Following the 10th anniversary of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, a number of commentators have declared institutional racism a thing of the past.

Yet the over-representation of Black and minority ethnic (BME) people as targets of 'hard' law enforcement techniques has grown in the last ten years. Black people are still eight times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police, and the greatest racial disproportionality continues to be found where police officers have the most extensive discretionary powers.

The Runnymede Trust invited a range of experts in the field - including academics, campaigners, the police and young people - to examine ethnic profiling in the UK. The report presented the issue from different voices and angles, including the young people who find themselves on the receiving end of stop and search tactics.

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