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May says ethnic minorities stopped more often while driving as expert points to increase to 'offset' stop and search

A top London academic has spoken of reports that a reduction in stop and searches is "partially being offset by increases in traffic stops" - while the Home Secretary confirmed ethnic minorities are stopped while driving more often by police.

May says ethnic minorities are stopped while driving. Credit: PA

One of the suggestions that we have heard is that the reduction in stop and searches was partially being offset by increases in traffic stops.

If what has happened is that the police have gone from potentially harassing people through stop and search to harassing people through traffic stops then little has been achieved.

– Michael Shiner, associate professor at the London School of Economics

Michael Shiner, associate professor at the London School of Economics and a member of Stopwatch, which campaigns against the disproportionate use of stop and search was speaking to the Times (£).

One of the things I am very clear about is that I didn’t take action on stop and search to see the police using other things in a way that could be questioned.

Figures show that if you are from a black and ethnic minority community, you are more likely to be stopped by police under the Road Traffic Act but actually less likely to be arrested or fined.”

– Home Secretary Theresa May speaking to the Times
Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May told the Times that that she had acted on stop and search because there was an issue with more black young men being searched on the streets.