Policing in the UK

1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave

By BBC Radio 1Xtra

Policing in the UK

Wednesday, 28 October

Reece Parkinson and Shahlaa Tahira explore future possibilities of policing in the UK. Members of the UFFC, a coalition of families in the UK whose loved ones have died in police custody, share their stories ahead of their annual memorial service. We hear from Yasmin Forbes, cousin of Edson Da Costa; Janet Alder, sister to Christopher Alder; and Marcia Rigg, sister to Sean Rigg. Deborah Coles from Inquest talks about deaths in police custody in the UK and structural racism in policing. And in England and Wales, black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than white people. Black people are eight times more likely to be tasered than white people. Black people are six times more likely to be handcuffed than white people. And black people are three times as likely as white people to be arrested. Melissa from the Network for Police Monitoring shares her top tips on what to do if you are stopped and searched or arrested. Former police officer Bami Jolaoso, from the Centre for Justice Innovation, shares her thoughts on reforming the criminal justice system, and Dr Adam Elliot Cooper talks through what defunding the police in the UK could look like. We also hear from a protestor in Nigeria, following the shooting of demonstrators in Lagos.
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