Black women’s trust in policing has worsened, admits Cressida Dick

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The Met chief said today that the killings of George Floyd and Sarah Everard over the past year have dented black women’s confidence in policing.

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Speaking at the Police and Crime Committee in London, Weather Commissioner Cressida Dick said “we have a hill to climb” about mistrust in police among black women and other marginalized communities.

They were shown data from earlier this year, which showed that black women were six percent less confident in policing than white women, with 71% of black women trusting the police, compared to 77% of white women. .


“It has actually increased rather than decreased over the past year, partly because of the death of George Floyd and other related issues and we have a hill to climb there which I am absolutely determined that we do,” he said.

The killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by US police officers last year, sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and racism, including in various places across the UK.

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The kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by the service of weather officer, Wayne Coogens, has also increased mistrust in the police among women. The weather commissioner described today’s murder of Ms. Everard as “particularly horrific and shocking to everyone in the country”, and of course, that includes my colleagues at the Met who feel utterly betrayed.

Protests erupted around the world, including in Britain, after the killing of George Floyd by police officers.

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Protests erupted around the world, including in Britain, after the killing of George Floyd by police officers.

Ms Dick said: “Some of the issues that women of color and black women may face will likely be different and there are reasons that may make them feel even less concerned about contacting the police.”

Concerns about cultural sanctions, harsher action by authorities towards male offenders and, in some cases, questioning immigration status are among the reasons cited by the weather commissioner as reasons why black women and women of color continue to trust and contact the police. probability may be less.

Mausam is working on community outreach, especially in black communities, to understand and tackle the reasons for police mistrust, he said.

“It’s about engagement, it’s about communication and it’s also about actions,” Ms. Dick said.

The Met’s assistant commissioner Louisa Rolfe said the Met is being advised by various charities on the issue.

Ms Rolfe said the Met “must acknowledge and address the additional barriers that black and migrant women in particular may have in coming forward.”


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