High Court challenge to searches
Friday 04 May 2012
Police stop-and-search powers are being used in a "disproportionate" way against black people with "no adequate explanations", the High Court has been told in a landmark legal case.
Ann Juliette Roberts, who is of Afro-Caribbean heritage, is seeking a ruling that the way the Metropolitan Police exercises its powers to tackle knife and gang crime is "incompatible" with human rights laws.
Ms Roberts, 38, a special needs assistant from Upper Edmonton in north London, was restrained face-down on the floor and handcuffed after she refused to be searched in 2010.
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