Rachel D’Souza, England’s commissioner for children’s rights, said she was shocked by the figures from the Metropolitan Police. The British police had to publicly apologize last March after the ‘Child Q’ cases came to light. After this, Rachel D’Souza has received a new report. After the ‘Child Q’ incident, the police announced a departmental inquiry against four officers.
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A controversial strip-search of a 15-year-old black girl by female police officers on suspicion of possession of marijuana. This incident was in 2020. Even though the girl was aware that she was menstruating, the police officers took off her clothes and searched. This test was not in the presence of adults. Rachel D’Souza says that the situation was similar in about 23 percent of the cases
Rachel D’Souza’s investigation has found that between 2018 and 2020, about 650 people between the ages of 10 and 17 were strip-searched. More than 95 percent of those tested were boys. According to the report, 58 percent of the 650 people are black.
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Rachel D’Souza said she was deeply concerned about this kind of racial imbalance. Child Q is a serious issue that raises questions about the protection of a large number of children. These figures are rising steeply every year. Rachel D’Souza says that many children are victims of serious violations every year.
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