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Justice Secretary sets worrying precedent on Police powers

April 2, 2014 5:27 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have accused the Justice Secretary of havingAlison McInnesAlison McInnes set a worrying precedent by refusing to question the controversial increased use of "voluntary" stop and search by police.

During a Scottish Liberal Democrat debate on stop and search in the parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson highlighted shocking figures which show that the majority of stop and searches are carried out without reasonable suspicion.

Speaking after the debate, Ms McInnes said:

"Any liberal-minded person will be rightly concerned that the Justice Secretary condones the police simply appropriating powers to themselves.

"Rather than intelligence led stop and search targeting suspicious behaviour the police are targeting young boys and men on the grounds that they are young and male. This profiling is being done with the Justice Secretary's blessing. Kenny MacAskill, backed by the SNP, has today given the Chief Constable carte blanche. This is a worrying precedent to set."