Anti-racist campaigners hope to put stop-and-search “on trial” with a fundraising drive backed by poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
Well, I can’t see how this could fail to generate a tsunami-like outpouring of cold hard cash…
Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is crowdfunding online to enable monitoring of the way police use the power to search people in the street without a warrant.
They are taking donations throughout October and hope to use them to scrutinise the government’s reforms to the powers, announced in August to address concerns that black people are stopped disproportionately.
If there’s any justice in the world, they’ll get 26p and a bent Euro…
Estelle du Boulay, director of NMP, said: “We believe that unless more people are supported to hold the police to account by making complaints – and are provided with expert, independent support through an often time-consuming and frustrating complaints process – then these reforms will fail to bring about genuine change.”
Mr Zephaniah added: “We want to get young people to talk about their experiences when they get stopped, to report things, and we want to make young people aware of their rights.”
You mean, you want to ensure there’ll always be lots of taxpayer cash for you to leech off?