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Sadiq Khan is calling for an overhaul of Scotland Yard’s controversial gangs database after it was found to include a “disproportionately” high number of young black men.
The Mayor today published a review of the confidential Gangs Matrix, which was created after the 2011 riots to identify those considered at risk of becoming involved in gangs.
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City Hall found that of the 3,200 names listed on the database, three quarters are under the age of 25 and four-in-five are black.
It said that while there is evidence the list has helped to reduce offending rates, measures were required to “restore trust” and ensure it is used “lawfully and proportionately”.
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The review also said the representation of young black men on the matrix is disproportionate to their likelihood of either causing or being a victim of gang violence and communities have “deep reservations” about how it operates.
It adds: “Further investigation is to be carried out to understand if this disproportionality is legitimate...
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