Tuesday, February 23, 1999 Published at 14:20 GMT
Rough treatment from long arm of the law
Black and Asian youths often feel they have been badly treated by the long arm of the law.
According to the 1996 British Crime Survey, 14% of Afro-Caribbeans had been stopped by police more than once, compared with only 5% of whites.
The most frequent reason given for stops was to search for stolen property. In London, Hertfordshire and the Thames Valley, police searching for drugs was the most common reason and Asians were most likely to be pulled over on suspicion.
The Commission for Racial Equality, quoting research by Phillips & Brown, said 46% of all those arrested for robbery were black - compared with 42% who were white.
In the same Phillips & Brown survey they found blacks and Asians were arrested on weaker evidence than that used to arrest white suspects.
While 63% of arrests involving whites were supported by sufficient evidence to arrest, the ratio slipped to 56% for black arrests and 52% in the case of Asians.
Black and Asian victims of crime are also less impressed by the performance of the police.
But Superintendent Kevin Hart, also from Manchester, says black people are more likely to be arrested because they are 16 times more likely to be excluded from school and are over-represented among the unemployed and homeless. This leaves them on the street and at a loose end more than their white peers.
The scope for problems between minority groups and the police is obviously enormous, and has led to a widely-held perception, that UK police forces are racist.