Report: Blacks Bear Brunt of London Police Use of Force

Scotland Yard reports a recent spike in the use of force against black citizens. They make up just 13 percent of London’s population but were the targets 36 percent of the time when police used force in April, May and June.

London’s Metropolitan police have used force against a disproportionately large number of black people in recent months, reports the Guardian. According to data released Tuesday by Scotland Yard, 36 percent of the 12,605 uses of force in April, May and June involved people who self-identified as black or black British. Those groups account for only about 13 percent of London’s population. White people form about 57 percent of the capital’s population, but were involved in 45 percent of the incidences of use of force. About 10 percent more of the cases involved people who self-identified as Asian, a group that makes up about 18 percent of the city.

“This is a deeply troubling report. It cannot be right that black people and young black men in particular are so much more likely to have force used against them,” said Diane Abbott, a Labour MP who serves as shadow home secretary, scrutinizing government policy on criminal justice. “All police forces throughout the country must treat all communities equally, and with respect.” She suggested that the country may need to “relearn the lessons” of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, which accused the Met of institutional racism.