Post by Nick
Figures show black people are six times more likely than white people to be stopped.
Asked about concerns that people were being searched because of the colour of their skin, Dick said: “We need to fight that perception; we are absolutely not doing that. It has no place in modern policing. Our outcome rate – one in three positive – is the same whether you are black, white or whoever you are.”
As with much of what Cressida Dick says I don't understand this comment. She seems to think it implies something it doesn't.
Well I can't see why! It seems crystal clear to me.
If the entire body of suspects subjected to stop and search then a certain proportion will yield a positive result i.e. will be found to be carrying something they shouldn't be.
If the entire group were divided in to sub-groups (say black, white, brown, youth, adult etc.) and the results re-scrutinised then it would be found that exactly (more or less) the same proportion within any of these sub-groups will be found.
This is taken as evidence that the process of selecting candidates for a search is non-discriminatory in every respect. There is one overriding reason for this. There is no point in an officer searching anyone who he does not believe to be suspicious. All that does is create anger and antipathy in subjects and can only yield nothing of note.
Post by Nick
A high proportion of young people take drugs if the police randomly stop people it is likely that a significant proportion will have drugs on them.
There may be no difference between how many young black people take drugs and how many white people take drugs but if you stop 6 times as many black youths you will end up with 6 times as many black people convicted for possession of drugs.
If she wants to use stop and search as a means of stopping knife crime I'm sure she would be much less likely to alienate the black community if the police actually searched for weapons as opposed to drugs.
Carrying drugs is just as illegal as carrying a knife. In fact there is a large number of items that one should not be carrying. Going equipped for house breaking is one group. In possession of stolen property is another,
All kinds of objects substances and items in one's possession can bring one into conflict with the law.
There is no tolerable limit of street narcotics that can be carried with impunity. However, how you will be treated when something is found will differ. If you are found with anything that can clearly be construed as a weapon without reasonable cause, you most certainly will be arrested. It will be a court that will be the final arbiter as to your intent n possessing such an object.
Similarly if you are found with a large quantity of drugs you again will be arrested. However,