“No one community is singled-out or targeted, criminals come from all backgrounds,” says the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Craig Mackey. Except that:
A disproportionate number of Asian and black people are being stopped by police and fingerprinted using a new mobile scanner, the BBC has learned. Of the 29,000 people stopped, 14% were Asian and 16.5% black despite those ethnic groups representing just 4% and 2% of the population respectively.
Something isn’t quite right here, is it? Meanwhile, the Guardian reports today: Civil servants attacked for using anti-terror laws to spy on public. And Ben Goldacre shows how spying on 60 million people, to identify terrorists, doesn’t stack up. Oh, and some deluded blogger thinks New Labour have an “excellent” record on civil liberties. As long as white middle-class bloggers in pyjamas aren’t affected, it’s all cheddar baby.
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