‘State Rape’ – Black teenage schoolgirl strip-searched by UK police initiates civil action

A black teenager strip-searched at school by officers from the UK’s Metropolitan Police has thanked the public for their support, saying it showed she was “not alone”.

The 15-year-old schoolgirl, also known as Child Q, is taking civil action against police and her school, law firm Bhatt Murphy said.

She’s acting to get “cast-iron pledges to make sure this doesn’t happen to another child again.”

The case has sparked outrage from politicians, activists and members of the general public, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan sharing his “dismay and disgust” and activist Patrick Vernon calling the incident a “state rape”. A protest organized by Hackney Cop Watch was held in north London yesterday in response to the abuse, with more demonstrations planned across the country this weekend.

In a statement released by her lawyers, the girl said: “I want to thank the thousands of people around the world from all backgrounds who have offered me support – both publicly and through messages to my legal team – after everything I’ve been through . I know I’m not alone.”

The search by Metropolitan Police officers took place in 2020 without another adult present and knowing she was menstruating, a shelter report released in March revealed.


A woman protests. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review, conducted by City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership, concluded the strip search should never have happened, was unjustified and racism “likely was a contributing factor”.

Three police officers have been investigated for misconduct by the Independent Police Conduct Bureau, which is finalizing its report.

Scotland Yard has apologized and said the incident “should never have happened”.

The girl is being represented by Chanel Dolcy, an attorney at Bhatt Murphy who specializes in police misconduct and claims against authorities, and Florence Cole, an education and community welfare attorney at Just for Kids Law.

“Child Q has initiated civil proceedings against the Metropolitan Police and the school responsible,” Ms Dolcy said. “She’s trying to hold both institutions accountable, including through cast-iron commitments, to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other child again. The Metropolitan Police has seemed incapable of reform for generations and it’s hard to say that will ever change.”

“Nevertheless, this is a crucial time for the Metropolitan Police as they await the appointment of a new commissioner. Kind Q’s family are calling on the Home Secretary and Mayor of London to ensure that only someone is appointed as the new Met Commissioner who is willing to publicly declare the persistence of institutional racism and institutional sexism in the Met police force.

“Kind Q’s family expects the new commissioner to engage affected communities in the development of a plan to eliminate these diseases and to prioritize influencing that plan.”

Ms Cole added: “This is an appalling, shocking case that illustrates broader issues in schools and communities regarding the treatment of black children, which unfortunately are systemic. and the lack of protection and failure to recognize the impact of trauma that follows long after such ordeal.

“As the government sets out guidance for schools, we urge them to learn from the mistakes in this case.”

During a speech on the government’s new equality strategy in Parliament on Thursday, Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch called the abuse of Child Q a “horrifying incident” but added that outrage over the strip search shows Britain “cares about minorities”. . Another demonstration, organized by editor Jacqueline Courtenay, is scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm.

“As a concerned mother, I have decided to create a space that is community focused, parent focused, family friendly and allows the community to come together in solidarity with Child Q at a very simple, very sad and difficult time,” Ms Courtenay told The Independent.

“This march is for all those who have been as moved as I have been by this case that exudes institutional racism in its most horrifying forms and demonstrates the sheer disrespect of educators and law enforcement towards black children.

“A phenomenon that decades ago was a terrible indictment of Britain – and remains a terrible indictment of Britain today, which generally sees itself as a non-racist society.” (©Independent News Service) ‘State Rape’ – Black teenage schoolgirl strip-searched by UK police initiates civil action

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