The UK is a lost cause, individual rights-wise. The good professor above can point out the non-existent effect of stop and search in the U.K. until he’s blue in the face without having any effect on Her Majesty’s government’s policing policies. Not as long as the “law and order” Tories hold sway. And probably if and when they don’t.
Here in the states, the battle for liberty never stops — despite similar statist sentiments. Lest we forget, President Trump gave the policy a big thumbs-up during the election season: “One of the things I’d do, is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”
New York City halted its stop and frisk policy (89 percent resulted in nothing except hassle). And crime went up. According to The Wall Street Journal: “the first half of 2015, as pedestrian stops in the city plummeted, homicides rose 20 percent; gun crime was experiencing its first two-year consecutive increase in nearly two decades.”
Correlation equals causation? Anyway, how do you feel about stop and search as a police technique?