On February 2nd 2012 Jennette Arnold Questioned London’s Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe about the use of Stop and Search tactics in London.
She urged the Commissioner to fully appreciate that young people the she has spoken to in North East London (Hackney Islington and Waltham Forest) are sick and tired of the inappropriate use of Stop and Search. They see it as being used in an arbitrary and intimidatory manner.
Police must show that they understand that in Britain policing is by consent. And that this consent is given as much by young people in our society as anyone else.
Stop and Search should be only used on the basis of intelligence and evidence. And when it is used respect should be shown to those who are stopped and searched, as they are, under British law innocent until proven guilty.