Equalities watchdog rebukes police over disproportionate use of stop and search

Five police forces could face legal action after the equalities watchdog issued a final warning over their disproportionate use of stop-and-search powers against people from ethnic minorities.

The Guardian has learned that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has sent formal letters to the chief legal officers of the forces with the most disproportionate use of stop and search against black and Asian people, setting out concerns that the powers are being used in a discriminatory way.

The Metropolitan, Dorset, Leicestershire, West Midlands and Thames Valley police forces have all been given until 18 June to provide evidence of the steps they are taking to comply with equalities legislation, including the Race Relations Act.

see full article here http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jun/02/police-stop-search-black-asian

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