Murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th August 2020.

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The mother of the two sisters, Mina Smallman, has raised other concerns about the police handling of this case. She states that the police failed to respond quickly enough when the two women went missing, leading to family and friends taking on the search themselves. She points towards a culture of institutional racism that remains in the police force. In light of this event and the stories we have seen come out of the Black Lives Matter movement, is it time for evaluation of institutional racism in the police?

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Londoners will rightly be disgusted by the appalling murder of Nicole and Bibaa, and the MPS’s handling of their disappearance and murder. The two officers that grossly disrespected the sisters’ in their death are being investigated to see if racism played a part in their actions.

Despite progress made since the MacPherson Review, Black communities continue to have different experiences with policing. It’s vital that our police service has the trust of the communities it serves so that every Londoner, regardless of race or postcode, has confidence they’ll be treated and supported equally. This is why I have commissioned an urgent Action Plan that will focus on securing greater trust and confidence in policing, particularly amongst Black Londoners.

I am committed to tackling the issues of institutional racism head on and will continue to fight for our disproportionality affected communities in London. I stand in solidarity with those saying Black Lives Matter.