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Stop and Search Quotas


Conservatives have warned on these pages that the language used in proposed anti-racial-profiling legislation would drive the police to adopt racial quotas in their policies, because of its use of a “disparate impact” standard and the requirement that the police collect racial data on their stops. Well, here’s evidence from across the pond that we’re right. Lord Carlile, a “Liberal Democrat peer” and “independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws,” has found that “`there is ample anecdotal evidence’” that the British police are “carrying out the[ir anti-terrorist] searches on people they had no basis for suspecting so they could avoid accusations of prejudice” by “`“balanc[ing]” the statistics.’”