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POLICE POWERS OF STOP AND SEARCH

Police powers to stop and search are very much subject to public scrutiny. Newspapers and social media suggest they are not exercised impartially, but target ethnic minorities. Home Office figures released last year confirmed black people were six times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people, which appeared to confirm allegations of racist bias. On 8 August 2017, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, told the BBC there had been a 20 per cent increase in stabbings and knifepoint crime. However, accusations of police racism for disproportionately focussing on young black men meant that some officers had lost confidence in using their powers. In the last five y

WHAT IS HARASSMENT UNDER THE EQUALITY ACT 2010?

A supervisor racially abuses a black bricklayer on a construction site. Another bricklayer, who is not black, is offended by the abuse. That bricklayer may bring a claim for harassment under the Equality Act 2010, since the supervisor has created a hostile and offensive environment for him or her. Harassment and bullying are issues under the spotlight. Where they occur at work, the Employment Tribunal may be the appropriate forum for a claim, so long as the behaviour is discriminatory in some way. Claims in the civil courts for damages under the Protection from Harassment Act 1998 can be more difficult to win because the definition of harassment is narrower, and the courts have ruled that mu

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