Humza Yousaf: I’ve been stopped and searched
Although he was at pains to pay tribute to achievements of his predecessor as Justice Secretary, it was clear from Holyrood’s fringe event with the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) at SNP conference in Glasgow that Humza Yousaf brings a new set of perspectives to the role. “I’ve been stopped and searched over a dozen times,” he told delegates. “Sometimes in an airport, but when I was younger it was in the street, in my car or a friend’s car. Sometimes railway stations, which is by British Transport Police, as well. And I was never committing a crime. “And sometimes I was the only brown face in a group of white, and I’d be the one – especially at airports – who was told to stand to the side and be questioned. “It just wasn’t great for my trust in the police.”
Tasers “more humane’ than beating people, police tell Humza Yousaf
TASERS would be more humane than the standard police batons used to “bludgeon people into submission”, officers have told the Justice Secretary. The Scottish Police Federation said calming people down with the threat of an intensely painful electrical shock from a taser was far better than beating them with a metal rod.
New Scottish disclosure scheme informs of abusive pasts
The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS) was created by Police Scotland in 2015. Year on year, the number of requests for disclosure has continued to increase, with more than 3,500 requests for disclosure made since October 2015. In the year to date, more than 1,360 referrals have been received. Applications from individuals using their “right to ask” have increased by almost 40 per cent in the last 12 months.
Scottish Justice Secretary: I’ve been stopped and searched 12 times
The Justice Secretary has told how his trust in the police was shaken after he was stopped and searched more than a dozen times, warning that there is still “structural racism” in Scottish society. Humza Yousaf said the colour of his skin meant he had frequently been stopped by officers while he was growing up in Scotland, despite “never committing a crime”. Speaking at a fringe meeting during the SNP conference in Glasgow, he said he still believed stop and search was a legitimate police tactic as long as there were “checks and balances”. In a discussion involving Calum Steele, the general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, Mr Yousaf said his early experiences of dealing with officers had not been positive.
Labour’s support of minorities called into question by Humza Yousaf
Humza Yousaf said at the SNP conference that Labour was traditionally viewed as a party which stood up for ethnic minorities but that this has changed as he raised questions over structural racism. However, the Scottish Police Federation General Secretary has warned Yousaf about sending a “dangerous” message on allegations after the MSP commented on the scandal surrounding US Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Tasers ‘more humane’ than batons, SPF chief says
The Scottish Police Federation General Secretary said the alternative to tasers is to ‘bludgeon someone into submission using a metal pole’. Calum Steele, general secretary of the federation, which represents rank and file police officers, said “battering” someone with metal rod uses more force than a Taser. Speaking at a fringe organised by the federation at the SNP conference in Glasgow, he said: “The alternative to using a Taser is to bludgeon someone into submission using a metal pole.