8 March 2015

“Stop and Search does more harm than good” vote the audience at a StopWatch Debate

Taher Gulamhussein's avatar

On Friday 30th January, StopWatch, in collaboration with the KCL Bar Society and the Dickson School of Law, hosted a debate on the motion "The Power to Stop and Search does more harm than good"

StopWatch was honoured to host some great speakers and a lively audience and thank all that attended for their contributions!

Following heated debate, a packed audience at the KCL Bar Society voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion.

For those that missed the debate or those of you that attended and want to relive the evening, you can watch it on youtube below. Enjoy!

Speakers for the motion were

- Barrister Courtenay Griffiths QC from 25 Bedford Row

- the activist Stafford Scott, from Tottenham Rights and the Monitoring Group and;

- Baroness Jenny Jones, London Assembly Member for the Green Party.

Speakers against the motion were

- Superintendent Darren Curtis of the Metropolitan Police Stop and Search Unit

- Duwayne Brooks, the Deputy Mayor's Official "Critical Friend" on Stop and Search and;

- Anthony Olanipekun, Safer London Foundation 

StopWatch member Professor Ben Bowling of Dickson School of Law introduced the event

Professor Leif Wenar was Chair