A coalition of advocacy groups, including the Open Rights Group (ORG), Amnesty International UK and Liberty, have written to the Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Stephen Watson, asking them to investigate discriminatory police practices following the conviction of ten young Black men, called the Manchester 10.
ORG policy manager Sophia Akram said: “We know that some police forces are mining the social media accounts of young people, in order to identify them as gang members. This creation of ‘gang narratives’ based on musical expression, disproportionately impacts Black men. This is not only an attack on young people’s freedom of expression but, as we saw from the Manchester 10 case, can lead to life-changing harms, with young men receiving custodial sentences because of their inclusion in social media chats. We need to end racialised surveillance.”
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