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Worrying revelations on stop and search deserve justice secretary’s attention

March 25, 2014 3:48 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns about the Justice Secretary's nonchalant response to new revelations about the use of stop and search tactics in Scotland. This came after the Chief Constable of Police Scotland confirmed at the weekend that some negative stop and searches may have been falsely recorded as there is no requirement to record names and addresses for those which return negative results.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes raised her concerns about the unregulated and unaccountable nature of stop and search tactics directly with the Justice Secretary during topical questions today.

Speaking afterwards, Ms McInnes said:

"Ensuring that Police Scotland 's zeal for stop and search doesn't cutAlison McInnesAlison McInnes across young people's civil liberties is a serious issue deserving of the Justice Secretary's attention. And yet today in Parliament we were treated to another helping of his usual swagger. When even the Chief of Scotland's single police force has admitted that there may be real issues with some stop and searches being falsely recorded it is worrying and frustrating to witness Kenny MacAskill's nonchalant response.

"The Scottish Human Rights Commission has said that stop and search is "largely unregulated and unaccountable." With four times as many stop and searches taking places in Scotland compared to England and Wales, and 500 children under the age of ten being searched it is essential that we know the true extent of this practice."