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Police in Sussex disproportionately stop and searched people of Black ethnicity nine times more than White in the six months from October 2021 to March 2022. 

According to the latest statistics from Police.uk, in the Sussex Police area, around 14 in every 1000 people of Black ethnicity were stopped and searched compared to 1.5 in every 1000 of White ethnicity. 

People of Asian ethnicity were stopped every 2 in 1000, Mixed ethnicity 2.5 in 1000 and 3 in 1000 for Chinese and Other ethnicities. 

In total there were 2934 stop and searches conducted in the Sussex area and of the total 2934, 1949 had no further action taken, which equates to 66.22%. 

The majority of arrests were for people of White ethnicity, however, according 2011 census, there are over 100 times more people of White ethnicity than Black in Sussex.  

Historically the police have been accused of racial profiling ethnic minorities, especially within the Black community. This was highlighted recently with the story a young black girl who was strip searched at her London school when being accused by her teachers of that she was carrying drugs. The statistics from Sussex do nothing to dispel that belief. 

STATS: https://www.police.uk/pu/your-area/sussex-police/performance/stop-and-search/?tc=ES2NH1 

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