Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner denies Stop and Search is discriminatory

Katy Bourne has this week called Stop and Search “proportionate” and claimed the practice was not discriminatory in answer to Kahina Bouhassane, Green Party Candidate for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sussex Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner has called the police force’s use of stop and search methods proportionate, in response to questions from the Green Party.

It came in response to questioning from Kahina Bouhassane, who will be standing for the Green Party against Katy Bourne this May.

Stop and Search is a police method that has often come under criticism for racial profiling, as recent figures showed that black people in Sussex were 10 times more likely to be subject to searches.

Bourne then reaffirmed her belief of proportionality and denied that the practice is discriminatory in the meeting when questioned by Johnny Denis, Councillor for Ringmer and lead member for community safety at Lewes District Council, who represents the Green Party on the Sussex Police and Crime Panel.

Kahina Bouhassane, the Green Party Candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“It is clear that our policing does not reflect the diversity of our community – and it’s no wonder that BME people across Sussex feel rightfully attacked.

“Stop and Search has consistently been shown to be a racially motivated practice and it must end. I’m shocked that despite clear evidence in the force’s figures, Katy Bourne has denied the truth of the matter.

“Less than a year after Brighton and Hove marched in Black Lives Matter protests it shows nothing has changed. We are in desperate need of a criminal justice system that works for everyone.”

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