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If black lives matter then use stop and search

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For years, stop and search has been intensely controversial as the policy that disproportionately targeted black boys. It was therefore brandished as proof positive that the British police were institutionally racist.

Of the 27 teenagers who died as a result of knife attacks in London over the past two years, most were black or from an ethnic minority background.

In other words, rather than stop and search disproportionately targeting black boys, reducing the use of this power means black boys become disproportionately targeted as the victims of violent crime. Isn’t this the real racism?

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