Cop uses UK anti-terrorism act to detain mixed-race family

Hat tip to Daddyinastrangeland.

From the BBC:

A police force has apologised after a disabled child and his parents claimed they were detained at a Channel crossing point under the Terrorism Act.

Julie Maynard, of Ware, Hertfordshire, was taking a day trip to Calais through the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone, Kent.

The detective constable accused Ms Maynard and her husband Leslie Coombs of trafficking her son Joshua, 12.

Kent Police apologised and described the incident as inappropriate, unprofessional and lacking in tact.

The family was stopped by plain clothes officer from the Channel Tunnel Policing Unit on 20 February.

  I wish to reassure you that your highly unsatisfactory experience was a very isolated incident

Insp Helen Shaw

Ms Maynard, a legal advocate, said the officer, who failed to identify who she was, asked for the family’s passports then asked “who’s the boy?”

“My son is mixed race and the officer then told us, ‘I believe you are child trafficking’.”  Read more…

 

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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