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Forum spotlights police stop and search powers

The Centre for Justice will host its first public forum tomorrow, entitled ‘The Balance between Public Safety and Liberty: Police Stop and Search Powers’.

A press release from the Centre said: “We have been reviewing the legislation in relation to police stop and search powers which, as a result of the increase in gang and gun violence over the past few years, have been enhanced.

“We recognise that the increase in gang and gun violence must be properly addressed, but it is critically important that law enforcement practices adopted in the context of gang and gun violence must conform to our constitutional rights.

“We believe that gang and gun violence is a social dilemma, and law enforcement is only one aspect of this issue. We are, therefore, hosting a public forum in order that the community may participate in how we can balance two important objectives, that is public safety and the preservation of human rights standards.”

The panellists will include Minister for National Security Wayne Perinchief, Acting Police Commissioner Michael Jackman and lawyers Peter Martin and Larry Mussenden.

They will be joined by Cordell Riley of Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda and Youth on the Move community group founder Carlton Simmons. Rick Richardson of Bermuda Broadcasting will act as moderator.

“Our panellists will provide diverse views and offer different perspectives on public safety, police powers and constitutional rights,” said the press release.

The forum will be held at St Paul’s AME Church Hall on the corner of Victoria and Court Street in Hamilton between 6pm and 8pm. Light refreshments will be served at 5.30pm.

The Centre for Justice was launched earlier this year to promote the understanding of human rights and the law through education and advocacy. The centre, which is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan organisation, is the brainchild of former Human Rights Commissioner (HRC) Venous Memari.

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Published November 29, 2011 at 8:56 am (Updated November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am)

Forum spotlights police stop and search powers

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