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Short Update: Police in England and Wales six times more likely to fine black, Asian and minority ethnic people

FT Admin - June 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

Police in England and Wales have released figures detailing their COVID-19 lockdown enforcement, which show that they were more than six times more likely to issue fines to black, Asian and minority ethnic people than white people. 

Data from police forces shows 17 were more likely to issue a penalty notice to BAME people than to white people. Comparing the percentage of fines issued to ethnic minority people, with the proportion of the population from an ethnic minority showed most forces were two to three times more likely to believe the behaviour of ethnic minorities merited a fine compared with white people they came across.  

Police have discretion to decide whether to issue fines, with enforcement the last option, demonstrating that there is a clear and significant racial bias within the police. 

The Metropolitan police in London have already been found to disproportionately fine black, Asian and ethnic minority people, while analysis of fines nationally had also already indicated bias on a national level. 

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