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Passion Islam I May 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
ONE MILLION IN 12 MONTHS
Muslims in stop and search trebles
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intelligence, which is a far more crucial
tool in the fight against terrorism.’
Corinna Ferguson of the civil
rights group Liberty, said the threefold
increase in anti-terror stop and search
was ‘a clear signal that these powers
are being misused.
‘Only 6 in 10,000 people stopped
were arrested for terrorism, let
alone charged or convicted, and
the disproportionate impact on ethic
minorities is even greater than in
previous years.’
Separate figures from the Ministry
of Justice showed that ‘stop and
account’ powers - where police
question a suspect and demand that
they explain their presence on the
were arrested but the vast majority view that many anti-terror powers are street but do not search them - leapt
were for ordinary criminal offences being used for unrelated purposes. by a quarter last year to reach a
and only 73 had any connection with Liberal Democrat spokesman record 2,353,918.
terrorism. Chris Huhne said the findings would Black people were almost eight
Shadow Home Secretary Chris fuel fears that police were misusing times more likely than white people
Grayling said: ‘People will be highly powers, adding: ‘There is a real risk to be stopped and searched, the
suspicious about the scale of stop that indiscriminate or excessive use statistics show - as well as four times
and search under terror laws. of stop and search may alienate the more likely to be arrested and five
‘This
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will only serve to reinforce the communities we rely most on for times more likely to be in jail.
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