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Threat to Public Safety: Policing, Racism and the Covid-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact, illustrated most acutely by a death toll which, at the time of writing, stands at over 4 million globally, including the death of over 131,000 people across the UK. The UK government was initially slow to recognise the profound dangers of the pandemic, but after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 16 March 2020 plea to the public to stay at home, emergency legislation was rushed through parliament giving police extraordinary powers to enforce unprecedented restrictions on social gatherings and fine those who break the rules. On 25 March, the 350-page Coronavirus Act 2020 received royal assent, bringing the biggest restrictions on civil liberties in a generation into law on 26 March 2020. This report, while not questioning the vital need to prioritise the protection of life during the pandemic, questions why policing was made so central to the emergency response and why the police's leading role in enforcing unprecedented emergency measures has been left unscrutinised."

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2021
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2021 Institute of Race Relations
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