Remi Joseph-Salisbury, another of the report’s authors, said:

‘The evidence in this report really urges us to question the State’s reliance on the police to solve social and public health problems.
Despite being central to the government’s handling of the pandemic, policing too often threatens rather than protects public safety, particularly for people of colour.’
Liz Fekete, Director of the IRR said:

‘This research gives a voice to those who have had uncivil, discriminatory or brutal encounters with the police and points to the dangers that the public health model poses for “policing by consent”.
The evidence of the over-policed reveals that those who argue that mistrust of the police is based on hearsay, myth-making and a victim mentality, are hopelessly out of touch.’
Really strong report here @mugecevik @jackiecassell @sdbaral

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Anyone know of any published modelling for this?
(I recognise importance of total take up over probably anything else).
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