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Home Affairs Committee to take new evidence on policing and race

5 June 2020

The Home Affairs Committee has confirmed its intention to complete its predecessors' work on The Macpherson Report: twenty years on, and will take new evidence on policing and race including on concerns raised about the policing of the Covid-19 lockdown and reported disproportionality in fines and investigations of individuals from BME communities.

The Metropolitan Police Service on 3 June released data on Covid-related enforcement indicating that "when compared with the composition of the resident population, higher proportions of those in Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups were issued with FPNs [fixed penalty notices] or arrested across London as a whole." Research by Liberty Investigates into police use of FPNs across England and Wales raised questions about their use more widely. Concerns have also been expressed that police stop and search powers continue to be applied disproportionately against individuals from BME communities.
 
As people across the UK and across the world have been shocked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, there has also rightly been a spotlight shone on racism and injustice across the world.

Send us your views

As the Committee looks to complete this inquiry it would welcome new submissions on recent developments including on:

  • Changes in police powers and practice (prevention and/or investigation) since the Committee last took evidence in July 2019, including but not limited to stop and search; and
  • The impact of such changes and of the lockdown on police/community relations, particularly in relation to BME communities.

Chair's comments

Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, Yvette Cooper said:

"The murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and the subsequent outpouring of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement across the world has rightly shone a bright spotlight on racial inequality and injustice everywhere. All of us have a responsibility to identify and tackle racism and injustice wherever we find it.

The Committee is continuing its inquiry started in the last Parliament into race and policing two decades on from the Macpherson Report on the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, as we continue to assess the Government's and police's response to the Macpherson Report and what more needs to be done.

As many people have responded to the murder of George Floyd in the US with calls for stronger action against racism and injustice everywhere, we would welcome further evidence and contributions to our ongoing inquiry.

We will be taking evidence on the troubling reports that BME communities have been more frequently penalised under Covid-19 lockdown rules. We have sought information on Covid-19 enforcement by ethnicity force by force and will be holding evidence on this soon. We welcome further submissions to our inquiry".

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