Black people in Essex are still eight times more likely to be stopped and searched by police as white people.Errr, yes. And...? There's a massive county lines drug problem in Southend, due to its proximity to London.
Who do you think is selling these drugs?
But of course, it's an excuse for the usual suspects to start braying like donkeys:
In an open letter to the the Home Secretary, a coalition of 20 race equality organisations expressed grave concerns with the new scheme.
They said: “Home Secretary Patel’s claims that ‘stop and search’ tactics are the foremost way to curtail serious youth violence are erroneous at best and disingenuous at worst.
“The latest announcements by the Home Secretary represent regressive and counterproductive policing policy and cheap political point scoring.
“Deliberately or not, the Section 60 proposals are too often discriminatory, inflammatory, ineffectual in reducing serious violent crime, and ultimately alienating to a generation of young children and adults that are from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) heritage.”Are the public allowed to have an opinion on it?