Kai Andre Sunde
The Organization Against Public Discrimination (OMOD)
Akhenaten of Leon
Leader, Organization against Public Discrimination (OMOD)
Minority youth meetings with the police are dismissed as individual stories. It does not help to build trust.
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“The fact that it has happened so often that you get used to it is the worst thing. You never know why. There is never a reason why ». This is how the Oslo artist Karl Oskar Larsen describes Klazai (25)’s meetings with the Norwegian police.
Klazai’s experiences are quite descriptive. Many young people with a minority background experience being exposed to the police’s “stop and check method”. And an explanation for why they are stopped does not follow naturally.
Minority youth are overrepresented in personal checks. It shows reports from among others Anti-Racist Center and The Police Academy. Yet their experiences are often rendered harmless as individual stories by the police.
With this rhetoric, the police neglect the responsibility they have, when it comes to implementing measures that counteract ethnic profiling.
Police officer Hassan Ali claims in a column in VG that the focus on the police as an institution that conducts ethnic profiling is «incorrect and problematic». Rather, he points to political priorities, legal regulations and growing class differences to explain the “perceived discrimination” of minority youth.
Such rhetoric downplays the experiences that minority youth in Norway have had in meeting with the police. It does not help to build trust. Their experiences must be taken seriously.
Receipt scheme will be able to increase the police’s accuracy in the control activities
We believe in the Oslo police when they say they care about minority youth and do not want to contribute to a further feeling of exclusion. What we can not believe, or understand, is that the police can not see the receipt scheme for the tool it could have been.
They only choose to see the challenges associated with an introduction.
Receipt scheme will be able to increase the police’s accuracy in the control activities. There will be fewer controls, but over time you will build up a better data base. Based on this, it will be possible to form a clearer picture of the situation. The police will be able to restructure, re-prioritize and become an agency that will never be able to be accused of ethnic profiling.
Standing on the spot resting
The police have per. today no overview of who they stop and for what. They do not have an overview of how many checks they carry out, or what legal basis has been used, and what the results of these are. You grope in the blind.
Then it is too early for the police to say that a receipt scheme complicates the police assignment. This scheme is intended to bring in statistics. It will, by the mechanics of logic, secure its own basis of existence.
Both the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the Council of Europe Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) have asked Norway to secure control data.
The Police Association’s response as a solution to the challenges they face has been dialogue. The Police Directorate has in its report “Security and trust” highlighted dialogue as important. The police need to communicate better. This report came in 2012.
The dialogue track is an enticing ideal to be dazzled by.
The Organization against Public Discrimination (OMOD) put forward a proposal for a receipt scheme as early as 1992. 30 years later, it is still standing still.
Introduce a national receipt scheme now!
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