Southwark | Crime and the cry of racism

18 03 2010

No-one likes to be stopped by the filth, even other filth, yet in this day and age, where everything can be sold for scrap, even people, to make sure the degenerates are on their toes, the filth do what they do.  This year I’ve been stopped four times.  Last year seven.  And the year before that, was arrested for a crime I couldn’t have done, so much for the certainty of DNA.

All in all, it isn’t a race thing, mostly an easy target thing or ‘I feel like picking on em’.  A few times when stopped, it has most probably been due to the fact I smelled like a Rastafarian’s garden.  Of course, me being the swarm, sophisticated stoner, was able to talk my way out of being searched.  Secret is to use ‘sir’ and ‘thank yous’ (and maybe a crisp £50 note – preferably a fake one).  Found that out after having my arm near enough twisted off once too many times.

Of course, since the Stephen Lawrence inquest normal practice involves the issuing of tickets and the noting of ethnicity when someone is stopped and searched.  This has meant that the entire process could be analysed by those who have never walked the beats, who then in turn tutter at Mr Policeman when the the statistics are released.  Forever reciting that the Police Service should be stopping either less BMEs or more whites.  Equality is more important than stopping crime, and what a stick this provides the plastic gangstas to beat Plod with.

Remember though, these statistics are always ‘disproportionate’.

‘Disproportionate’ stops of black people

John Prendergast (johnp@southwarknews.org).  Southwark News, 18th March 2010

Figures released this week claim that police in Southwark conducted 8,523 more stop and searches on black people in one year than was proportionate to their population.

Data released by the Equality and Human Rights Commission states cops are stopping black people at a disproportionate rate to white people in the borough, and have one of the worst rates in the country – though not for the capital.

The figure is calculated assuming black stop and search rates were the same as those conducted on the white population in Southwark. The excess figure is arrived at by deducting this figure from the actual stops that took  place.

The spokeswoman for the commission admitted this figure could be skewed in Southwark’s case as the borough has a high black population, but its disproportionate figures were still of some concern.

In the report these showed that you were three times more likely to be stopped in Southwark if you were black, which although high nationally is one of the lower rates in the capital.

Simon Woolley, from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “It is unrealistic and unhelpful to demand that policing should be perfect. However, police services should strive to work fairly and effectively while respecting basic human rights and discrimination law. Only then can they be said to be ‘good enough’.

Carron Schusler, Acting Superintendent from Southwark’s partnership team said: “The use of stop and search by officers in Southwark is monitored not only by ourselves but also by Southwark Stop and Search Monitoring group, which is made up by representatives from across the borough.

We appreciate that this type of robust policing can have a negative affect on certain groups who may feel targeted; we are working with representatives from this section of the community, particularly with young people.

“Recently police in Southwark were given ‘training’ by young people to give them an insight into how the stop and search procedures make them feel. We will always listen to and act on the concerns of the community

Considering the fact that in 2001 (couldn’t find a nearer figure), ‘black and ethnic minority young people convicted for street robbery was 84.7% and the re-offending rate was 78%‘, statistically speaking, that is the most likely group that causes concern.

I’ve never saw the point in stop and search, seems more like fishing to me.  I suppose it is the only way to speak to locals now, considering most despise the Police.  And it doesn’t matter how nicely you get your Officers to speak to us Carron, any unwanted intrusion will be seen as an unwanted intrusion.

Whatever happened to intelligence-led policing?  Or are they all busy in Special Branch and Special Demonstration Squad?

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