Sam Francis
BBC News, London
24-05-2018
Metropolitan Police officers set up a stop and search operation.

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The use of force was equivalent to once for every 50 black people in Greater London and once for every 200 of the white population.

Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population, new figures suggest.
The Met used force 62,000 times in 2017-18 with more than a third of incidents involving black people.
Techniques such as verbal instructions and using firearms were recorded.
The Met Police said: “The proportionate use of force is essential in some circumstances to protect the public and often themselves from violence.”
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the “disproportionate use of force is discriminatory”.


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Police forces in Britain have been required keep a detailed record of each time an officer used force since 1 April 2017.
According to the data, a black person in London is four times more likely than a white person to have force used against them by a Met Police officer, as a proportion of the population.
‘Black boys have targets on their heads’
Terrell Jones-BurtonImage copyrightSHEREEN JONES


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Terrell Jones-Burton suffered seizures after being knocked off his bike by a police officer
Terrell Jones-Burton suffered seizures after being knocked off his bike in November by a Met Police officer.
“It was horrific. I thought I had lost him,” Terell’s mother Shereen Jones said.
The Met said the 15-year-old “came off his bicycle” and suffered facial injuries when he was stopped and arrested in Bermondsey.
Ms Jones believes her son was targeted because he is black.
She said: “If you’re a black boy walking around with nice clothes you’re automatically deemed a drug dealer.
“Why should I feel like, because I’m a particular colour, I’m going to be a target, like we have a mark on our head?
“It’s disgusting.”
The case is currently with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

London’s black population at the last census was 1,088,447. In 2017-18 the Met used force 22,989 times against black people.
Based on population figures, the use of force was equivalent to once for every 50 black people in Greater London and once for every 200 of the white population.

This is higher than in other police forces covering large urban areas such as Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Ms Abbott said: “These figures are truly shocking. The disproportionate use of force is clearly discriminatory.
“This is not a recipe for good police-community relations.
“The government should step in and demand that all forces publish this data. But, then it quickly needs an action plan to end i
t.”

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