2017-08-09 15:38:40 UTC
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.
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.