McInnes: Case for stop and search reform is now overwhelming

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that the case for comprehensive reform of this so-called “consensual stop and search” is “now overwhelming”.

It follows the publication of an independent review into the tactic led by John Scott QC.

The review has supported Scottish Liberal Democrat calls to scrap so-called consensual stop and searches and implement a Code of Practice.
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“This report confirms that hundreds of thousands of people have been the subject of unregulated and arguably unlawful police searches. Driven by an unhealthy targets culture and a one-size-fits-all approach, the practice unfairly targeted young and vulnerable people across Scotland.

Complacency from SNP ministers and police chiefs allowed this to go on for more than two years.

“The case for comprehensive reform of this discredited tactic is now overwhelming. There is no place for random, unregulated police searches in a modern, progressive Scotland.

“I am delighted that the independent review group has backed my calls for so-called consensual stop and search to be abolished and for a statutory code of practice to regulate statutory searches. I will be seeking assurance from the Justice Secretary this afternoon that he will adopt these necessary proposals in full.”

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