Benjamin Zephaniah launches Stop & Search on Trial campaign

Benjamin Zephaniahsource: NMP Newham
published: 10 October 2014

Newham Monitoring Project today [13 Oct 2014] launched a crowdfunding project to put ‘stop and search on trial’ with the support of its patron, the poet and author Benjamin Zephaniah.

The ‘Stop and Search on Trial’ campaign is hosted by Crowdfunder and seeks to monitor the way the government implements its planned reforms, announced in August, of the use of police powers to stop and search members of the public.

NMP wants to work with communities across east London, particularly young people, to see whether these reforms make any difference to their experience on the streets.

NMP aims to persuade individuals to contribute towards the costs of a worker who can provide legal rights information and assist those who are unhappy about their treatment to make a complaint.

The government’s package of reforms is a response to growing public concern about the misuse of stop and search: in particular, the high levels of racial disproportionality. The Home Office intends to measure its success by the number of complaints about stop and search, but NMP believes this fails to address the fact that complaint rates for stop and search remain very low.

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