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Racism In British Police Decried By Asians And Blacks

Black and Asian members of the police charge that many specialist squads are “closed shops” which are dominated by white middle-aged men who prefer those similar to their point of view that a good policeman works hard, plays hard and drinks a lot of alcohol. A new report: “Police and Racism: What has Been Achieved 10 Years After the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry? identifies continuing problems of racism including low retention of ethnic minority officers. About 6.1% of ethnic minority officers quit or were sacked in 2007 after less than six months of service compared to 3.1% of their white colleagues. A black officer who applied to work as a race and diversity trainer was told: “I’ve got my black one.”

The report also notes continued prejudice against gay officers. The famous Stephen Lawrence case involved the murder of a black man by a gang of young white men and police approached the case from the perspective that Lawrence somehow had provoked a gang to kill him.

The continuing halt and search of blacks and Asians in England continues, but it is even worse when one considers prejudice impacts who can become a member of the police, and once hired, what are opportunities for advancement.

Heck, Prince Harry goes around calling people “Paki” and “Raghead” so why should anyone expect anything different from members of the police?

Does Big Brother Have Bigger Eyes To Watch Us?

The British police are going to expand their car surveillance operation that eventually will allow them to record and store details dealing with millions of daily journeys people make and maintain this information in their records for up to five years. A national network of roadside cameras will enable them to “read” up to 50 million license plates daily which would allow the police to reconstruct the daily travel of an individual. The project will result in being able to pinpoint the precise time and location of all vehicles on the road. Thousands of CCTV cameras across the country have been converted to read this data and capture the movement of people during the course of one’s daily movements. Police helicopters now have infra red cameras which can read the license plate of a car from 2,000 feet in the air.

The director of Privacy International, Simon Davies, noted this data base provides British police with “extraordinary powers of surveillance” that no other democratic nation has given members of its police forces.

Of course, the police insist the data base will only be used for the purpose of good. We have heard that claim by governments such as the one run by George Bush.

Black Police Chief Urges Restrictions On Blacks

Keith Jarrettt, President of the National Black Police Association of Britain, called today for an increases in halting and searching urban blacks in order to reduce crime. “From the return I am getting from a lot of black people,” he said, “they want to stop these killings, these knife criminals, and if it means their sons and daughters are going to be inconvenienced by being stopped by the police, so be it. I hope we are going down that road.” He believes there must be a more aggressive policy toward black young people if crime is to be reduced.

There are several assumptions in Mr. Jarrett’s statement about reducing crime through means of the process of halting, searching, seizure and arrest. One, is that only potential “criminals” are the ones who are halted and searched. Two, that halting and searching people on the streets leads to lower crime rates. Three, that non-crminals who are halted on the streets and searched will be supportive of these police actions. The MacPherson Report in 1999 concluded the British police system was institutionally racist. There is no question some potential criminals might be halted if we follow the Jarrett approach, but the cost in lowering willingness of civilians to cooperate with police will be drastically impaired. Mr. Keith Jarrett is unquestionably a man who is concerned with the lives of black skinned people in England. But, he refuses to explore more complex reasons for crime such as making criminal possession of drugs. Legalization of drugs might go more to reducing crime than many other solutions.