Racism in Europe’s law enforcement and criminal justice systems
A non-exhaustive compilation of evidence and resources for policymakers
Racialised groups too often face the burden of evidencing racism against them and reversing the culture of denial surrounding structural racism in Europe. Fundamental issues are routinely minimised by states who ask for ‘credible’ and ‘objective’ data.
However, there is plenty of evidence to support the claim that Europe’s law enforcement and criminal justice systems are structurally biased against racialised people. The aim of this document is not to create new evidence or validate certain existing evidence. Instead, it compiles a record of the different cases, studies, and stories we hear about or work around, that evidence the systemic nature of bias in Europe’s law enforcement and criminal justice systems. It aims to be a resource for policymakers who want to commit to fighting racism.