On Thursday 18 March , a coalition of Community Legal Services released a damning report into the police mistreatment of African young people.
The report details the experiences of African young people from three regions of Melbourne: Dandenong, Braybrook and Flemington.
The research found that across Melbourne, African young people are over-policed, including the disproportionate use of stop and search powers and in some cases extra-legal violence.
Furthermore, the work has found that some of the ‘community policing’ oriented attempts at intervening- such as community-police soccer games and camps- have not only failed to address the issues, but may in some cases actually be making matters worse.
Tonight we will talk to Daniel Haile Michael, one of the participants in the research and Shane Reside, one of the reports authors.
The research, funded by the Legal Services Board, was jointly managed by Springvale Monash Legal Service, Fitzroy Legal Service and the Western Suburbs Legal Service.
Tags: community policing, police accountability, police violence, racism, Young African people, Young people
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