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Racial Harassment and the Police

EDM (Early Day Motion) 193: tabled on 13 December 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House finds the article in The Guardian newspaper of 13th December about the repeated racial attacks upon Ramesh K and his family at Sparrow Farm Estate, Feltham, deeply disturbing, particularly with regard to the local police's failure to recognise the problem, properly protect the family and stamp out the racist assaults, and in the irrelevance and virulence of their principal response which has been to politically attack Southall Monitoring Group and Hounslow and Ealing Councils which have sought to assist racial attack victims; notes that police beat officers lectured the victims in this case about their 'attitude problem'; notes that at the police's 24th August meeting they only asked Ramesh K about the Southall Monitoring Group's involvement in the case, to further their vendetta against that organisation,and not about the assaults he and his family suffered; considers that this article clearly illustrates that the Metropolitan Police are still not serious about effectively tackling racial attacks, being slow to respond, letting many of the perpetrators go unpunished by either not catching them or presenting ineffectual evidence in court, victimising the victims, and directing their fire against community organisations seeking to get a more appropriate police response; notes that in too many such cases the police are simply not working with the community; and calls for a racial harrassment law, as proposed by the honourable Member for Leyton, which would make racial attacks a specific criminal offence, punish the perpetrators and place a legal duty upon the police to respond speedily and be publicly accountable for their actions in all such cases.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.