American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse
Jackson is starting a group in the U.K. to oppose what he calls the
abuse of police powers to stop and search people.
called StopWatch, wants to stop police from disproportionately stopping
and searching ethnic minorities.
Last week, Britain's Equality and
Human Rights Commission published figures saying 15 percent of those
stopped and searched by police were black. Black people comprise 2 to 3
percent of the population.
Members of StopWatch, including
activists and academics, aim to work with government to ensure that
recently announced policing reforms are fair.
Launching his group
Monday, Jackson called for an end to policies that lead to racial
profiling on both sides of the Atlantic.