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'Structural racism' is rooted at the heart of British society, UN panel claims

Post by Didge on Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:07 pm

Structural racism’ is rooted at the heart of British society, a United Nations panel claimed last night.

A group of human rights experts cited police data showing a disproportionate number of people from ethnic minorities died as a result of excessive force.

They said those of African or Caribbean descent were particularly affected. And they highlighted the fact there has never been a successful prosecution of a police officer for a death in custody.

‘This points to the lack of accountability and the impunity with which law enforcement and state agencies operate,’ the UN human rights panel said. ‘The deaths reinforce the experiences of structural racism, over-policing and criminalisation of people of African descent and other minorities in the UK.’

The experts also said people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were three times more likely than whites to be subjected to the use of stun guns by police. It comes after a report last year by David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, found racial disparities across the criminal justice system.

At least five black men died in the UK after restraint by police last year. They were Edson Da Costa, 25, in Newham, East London; Darren Cumberbatch, 32, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Shane Bryant, 29, in Leicestershire; Rashan Charles, 20, in Hackney, East London; and Nuno Cardoso, 25, in Oxford.

Deborah Coles, of Inquest, which supports the families of people who die in police custody, said: ‘The racial stereotype of the black man as “violent” and “volatile” can lead to the disproportionate and fatal use of force.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The Government takes allegations of police racism very seriously and expects them to be investigated thoroughly. Any use of force by the police must be necessary, reasonable and proportionate.’



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Post by Syl on Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:36 pm

Well obviously no one should die in police custody due to the way they are treated, but the figures can be slanted to suit any agenda.

The five black men named died in police custody in 2017...the total number who died in police custody in 2017 was 23.
So presumably the 18 others were not black.




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Post by Didge on Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:46 pm

Syl wrote:Well obviously no one should die in police custody due to the way they are treated, but the figures can be slanted to suit any agenda.

The five black men named died in police custody in 2017...the total number who died in police custody in 2017 was 23.
So presumably the 18 others were not black.




https://www.inquest.org.uk/deaths-in-police-custody


I find such reports biased Syl. We have no understanding what led to any of the people detained being stunned. This is not to say black people are violent, but how do we know, whether in each situation people did resist or did act violently. Going off numbers, does not answer this question and to make such an assumption, in no way actually can confirm, if racism was the case. I have no doubt in some cases, subconcious negative sterotypes of black people may well have played a part. I would never dismiss that. Its very probable, but to draw conclusions, based on numbers alone is poor, when they are without context.

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Post by nicko on Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:19 pm

Saw the UN at work in Bosnia, totally useless then,
totally useless now !
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Post by Original Quill on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:19 pm

Bosnia was an exercise in stupidity.

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