By Jasmine Wing
Chuka Umunna has called for more police officers all over the country to wear body-worn cameras, claiming it would make ‘stop and search’ efforts more effective in the prevention of knife crime amid rising fatalities across the capital.
During an interview with Sky News, the Labour MP said he welcomed the connection made by Home Secretary Amber Rudd between the rising level of knife-related crime in London and the illegal drugs market.
Mr Umunna added that stop and search police techniques were also welcomed by his community, but that he blamed the insensitive and irresponsible abuse of power by the police for its effective success.
“And one of the things that have made a big difference, and I and a number of other people in our community, including my local council campaigners, think that what’s made a big difference is having police wearing body-worn cameras.
“The main reason I wanted body-worn cameras carried by police is so that when these stop and searches are done they are properly recorded.
“And what’s the early statistics and data show, because they’ve only recently been rolled out across London, is that when police have these body-worn cameras, there are far less complains about the way stop and search it’s done.
“So, I think that is one positive and to the extent that other police forces around the country are not using body-worn cameras if they do too I reckon we can get to a better place in the way stop and search is deployed.
“So, it’s got its place but it should not be used to humiliate young people and we should not see stereotyping of young people and the abuse of power by the police.”