March 08, 2016
Call for study of police ethnic bias
Justice reform group Just Speak says the police denial of a report on the experiences of African youth in New Zealand makes it look as if they have something to hide.
The police have dismissed as anecdotal and unscientific the report by AUT Professor Dr Camille Nakhid that young Africans felt they were targeted, harassed and even assaulted by officers.
Just Speak advisor Kim Workman says police have already admitted unconscious bias in relation to Maori.
They should commission independent research into ethnic profiling across different groups, in order to establish the extent of the practice, and develop policies and processes to address the issue.
Mr Workman says 20 years ago an internal report that found just 34 percent of Maori had trust and confidence in the Police was the start of a journey for police to become more responsive, and the same needs to happen with other groups.
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