Keir Starmer: Impact of government’s police bill on Black people is ‘concerning’

The government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s disproportionate impact on Black communities is “real cause for concern”, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has warned.

The bill, which entered parliament last week, would increase police powers in cracking down on protests, and follows last summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

A number of its proposals will have a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) people, the government itself has admitted, and yet this aspect of the bill has not been a focal point of the national conversation around the proposed legislation.

Mr Starmer told The Independent that he and David Lammy, shadow justice minister, have discussed the issue at length and suggested that the government should do more to address racial disparities.

“It’s a real cause for concern. David Lammy’s whole report was into disproportionality in the criminal justice system and we should be trying to tackle that disproportionality and not embed it further,” he said.

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