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Black Children Six Times More Likely for UK Police Strip Search

  • Black children make up around 6% of UK’s school pupils
  • London police force accused of institutional racism days ago
London Police
Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

UK police are disproportionately targeting Black children for strip searches, with many such searches failing to follow official guidelines, according to new findings that come just days after a report condemned endemic racism in the London Metropolitan Police force.

More than a third of police strip searches against children are made against Black boys, a report published Monday said, even as Black children account for around 6% of the UK’s school pupils. Black children overall are six times more likely to be strip searched compared to the national public.