A number of Muslims, especially young males, have been subjected to schedule 7. We know that this power is used to gather intelligence on communities across the UK and that it is causing fear and resentment towards the police and policymakers. Communities, including Muslims, should not have to fear being subjected to this power and this gives us the best opportunity to try to influence the outcome.
Statistics released by the Home Office (see table 1) show that people from ethnic backgrounds, especially those from Pakistani backgrounds, are more likely to be subjected to searches taking over an hour or being detained for up to 9 hours when compared to people from 'White' backgrounds . This shows that there is a degree of profiling at ports particularly in light of the relatively low numbers of convictions.
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