Today Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to abolish harmful section 60 suspicion-less stop and search powers.
Black people are disproportionately likely to be stopped and searched by the police, and for suspicion-less stop and search the figures are particularly stark. Last year there were there were 4,858 searches of black people and 2,669 of white people, meaning that a black person is 47 times as likely to be subject to Section 60 Stop and Search as a white person.
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"Under suspicion-less Stop and Search powers, a Black person is 47 times more likely to be stopped and searched than a white person.
"On too many occasions stop and search seems to mean being black is enough to suspect someone of being a criminal.
"Boris Johnson must abolish suspicion-less Stop and Search powers and end the pain and injustice they wreak on so many people from Britain’s black and minority communities."