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Short Update: Police data understated how many lockdown fines were issued to BAME people in UK

FT Admin - June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences

On 24 June 2020, it was reported that the police understated how many fines were given to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people. Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, said that one set of early data from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) revealed that 16% of fines were given to BAME people, but it later emerged that the true figure was 21%. The chair of the NPCC told MPs that the inaccuracy was a result of time pressure rather than a deeper problem of racism in police forces.  

Analysis by the Guardian and Liberty Investigates suggests that BAME people have been at least 50% more likely to be issued a lockdown fines by the police in England than those who are white.  

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