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.
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.
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 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.