Closed petition Review the use of force against BAME people by the police

Recent events have brought to light existing concerns about potential abuse of power and misconduct within the police. The use of neck restrain chokehold has previously led to several young black men having died. Police officers must be trained better.

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The Government needs to investigate why force is used on minorities disproportionately. BAME people are twice as likely to die from restraint. Although the Lammy Review has highlighted these disparities, inequality is still an issue and one method of preventing harm, which the Government should consider, could be to prohibit the use of neck restraint as it is ineffective & dangerous.

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Share your views on ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK

The Government has launched a consultation on ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK, and want to hear from members of the public. There are ten questions, and you can answer any or all of them.

You can find out more about the consultation and contribute here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/ethnic-disparities-and-inequality-in-the-uk-call-for-evidence/ethnic-disparities-and-inequality-in-the-uk-call-for-evidence

The closing date for responses is Monday 30 November 2020.

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Ministerial statement on the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

On Tuesday 20 April, the Minister for Equalities Kemi Badenoch MP gave a statement to the House of Commons on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

The statement follows the Government's publication of the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-report-of-the-commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities

Watch the statement here: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/b586787a-eb7f-409b-b20e-9cb31d21ddd0?in=13:38:40

Read the transcript here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-04-20/debates/1502466F-D06B-402A-B7C0-03452FFB1DA9/CommissionOnRaceAndEthnicDisparities

Ministerial statements are a way for Ministers to bring an important matter to the attention of the House. Find out more about them here: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/statements/

What did the report say about policing?

The Commission acknowledged concerns about unfair treatment of minorities in crime and policing, and considered what drives disparities and proposed ways of addressing them, with a focus on 4 areas:

• re-establishing mutual trust between communities and police service areas
• preventing harm and directing young people away from entering the criminal justice system
• encouraging affected ethnic minority groups to work with and support police services to improve outcomes for their local communities
• improving workforce diversity in a way that encourages those skills needed to better serve multi- racial and multi-ethnic communities

The Commission recommended improving training to provide police officers with practical skills to interact with communities, increasing legitimacy and accountability of stop and search through body-worn video, and bridging divides by creating partnerships between the police and communities.

Read the report's section on crime and policing here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-report-of-the-commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities/crime-and-policing

What is the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities?

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) has been set up by the Government to review inequality in the UK, focusing on areas including poverty, education, employment, health and the criminal justice system. The Commission, which is independent of the Government, will look at outcomes for the whole population.

Find out more about the Commission here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities