Nottinghamshire Police deny stop and search racism claim

Nottinghamshire police have been accused of “blatant racism” over their use of stop and search powers.

A new report shows that, while the number of searches has almost halved, black people are still nine times more likely to be stopped than white people.

The force called this “unacceptable” and said officers would get more training but denied they were racist.

Anti-crime campaigner Hyacinth Francis said current rules on recording searches were not being followed.

Report author, Det Ch Supt Ian Waterfield, said that of 2,500 stop and searches in 2011/12, 480 were conducted on black people and 259 on Asians.

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