Mark Blake, Project Development Officer at the Black Training and Enterprise Group, argues that black and minority ethnic young people need to join the police to change its culture from within.
The former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, who resigned from his post over the 'plebgate' affair, calls for an end to police stop and search where there are no grounds for suspicion.
Writing in The Times:
'In 2011-12 Asian or Asian British people accounted for nearly 17 per cent of such stops; black or black British people nearly 36 per cent. The situation has only worsened since the Macpherson Inquiry into Stephen Lawerence's death...
The Scottish police have stopped 'tens of thousands' of children without any legal cause, leading to concerns that there are inadequate safeguards and the searches could potentially breach childrens' human rights.
A study conducted by Kath Murray from the University of Edinburgh found that 26,000 children under 14 had been stopped, with 145,600 stop and searches against 15 to 20 year olds, in one year.
The research also found that people in Scotland were four times more likely to be stopped and searched than those in England.
The Ministry of Justice has published data race and the criminal justice system for the year 2011/2012.
Forensic experts did not find Mark Duggan's fingerprints or DNA on a gun which police claim he was holding when he was killed, a jury heard. Mr Duggan was shot dead by armed police officers in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, when the minicab he was travelling in was stopped in August 2011.
The marksman who shot Mr Duggan claimed he opened fire in self-defence after he saw the 29-year-old pointing a gun at him. No gun was found on Mr Duggan’s body but police recovered a firearm, wrapped in a dark sock, between ten and 20 feet away from where he was killed.
The actor Daniel Kaluuya, who has appeared in the TV drama Skins and the film Johnny English Reborn is to sue the police for assault and false imprisonment, The Independent reports.
My Kaluuya says he was dragged off a bus by the police in north London, pinned to the ground and strip searched. He claims racial stereotyping led to him being wrongly identified as a suspected drug dealer.
A new report by Release and the LSE claims that black people are not just more likely to be searched by the police for drugs. They are also far more likely to be charged.
Niamh Eastwood of Release says:
'The government needs to change policy, and take drugs out of police hands and treat drug use as a health and education issue'.
How can women from minority ethnic groups leaving prison be rescued from homelessness? This is the question asked by a new research report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Many women leaving prison need urgent help to find or retain safe and decent housing; in addition they have multiple needs which call for a range of support and services.
An unreferenced version of Professor Tim Hope's introduction to cjm 87, looking at the August 2011 riots.