Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stop and Search Legal Project needs you!

Stop and Search Legal Project

The misuse of stop and search by the metropolitan police has a corrosive impact on communities in London. Black people are six times more likely to be stopped and searched than their white peers. The recent reports on the riots highlighted the negative impact this has on young Londoners who grow up with this as part of their daily experience. We are setting up a project aiming to educate and empower the people of London about the use and misuse of stop and search.

We are looking for lawyers who are willing to give some time to this project, either regularly or on an ad hoc basis. We would like to hear from anyone interested in helping, either with organisation such as drafting course materials, publicity or delivering workshops in the community. We welcome all suggestions and offers of help.

We aim to put together a team of lawyers who will deliver talks and workshops:

- to anyone affected by stop and search, whether themselves or a family member or friend;

· establishing contacts between the community and lawyers with expertise in criminal defence and actions against the police;

· increasing awareness of rights to legal assistance and how to access lawyers

-  dissemination of information about stop and search including what to expect and how to manage if stopped and searched;

- enabling those regularly stopped to use the law to protect themselves and others;

-  looking at the specific rights that apply to children in their interactions with police;

-  advice about complaints and avenues of redress.

If you are interested in coming to our initial development meeting on Wednesday 13th June, venue to be confirmed, please get in touch with us at

Polly Brendon

Molly Mulready-Jones

Rebecca Niblock

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