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Amnesty: Policing Bill will ‘entrench racism’ in the force

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Amnesty: Policing Bill will ‘entrench racism’ in the force

THE POLICE bill going through parliament could harm black communities more than any other group, campaigners warn.

 

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill, is currently being debated in the House of Lords and is due to be passed this month.

 

But many leading campaigners believe the new bill will further marginalise black communities, attack freedom of expression and take away people’s right to protest.

 

Ilyas Nagdee, Amnesty International UK’s racial justice campaigner, stated: “It’s of crucial importance that the Black, Asian and ethnic minority community is engaged with and lobby for their elected representatives on the Policing Bill.

 

“Reports from the Black Lives Matter demonstrations evidence how racial profiling is still a reality for Britain’s racialised communities and the policing bill will further entrench racism and discrimination in British policing.

 

“Not only that, several provisions within the bill, including a huge expansion in stop and search will obviously be disproportionately deployed against black people who are already much more likely to be stopped and searched, to be Tasered, or even to die in police custody.

 

“In the face of a government that is clearly content with ignoring and misrepresenting these entirely, the introduction of discretionary and subjective policing powers will only see the continued over policing of Britain’s black communities.”

 

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