Figures obtained from the Metropolitan Police in a Freedom of Information request by ITV London show huge disparities in the numbers of police stop and searches for people of different ethnicities.
ITV London compared the number of stop and searches to the number of people from different ethnic backgrounds living in the capital, and found:
- There were 2,613,686 stop and searches from Jan 2009 to March 2014
- 279,202 of those stop and searches were on people of Caribbean descent - that equates to 80 stop and searches for every 100 people.
- There were 104,977 searches on people of Bangladeshi descent - 47 for every 100 people
- 779,136 searches were on people from White British backgrounds - just 21 in every 100