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More than half of people who identify the police in Catalonia are immigrants

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Laura Morral
SOS Racisme denounces the criminalization of these actions on racial grounds.

SOS Racisme denounces the criminalization of these actions on racial grounds.

SOS Racisme denounces the criminalization of these actions on racial grounds.

54% of the police identifications in Catalonia are made to immigrants. Taking into account that the foreign population in the Catalan territory represents 13%, these data are very "raw." This is the assessment made by the responsible for communication of SOS Racisme, Mònica López of the last study 'Police identifications in Catalonia by ethnic profile' that the entity presented this February.
"This report not only wants to denounce that the police do their jobs badly and that they discriminate, that we already know. We want to make proposals for institutions to transform this reality, "says Lopez. The report is the result of the 'Pareu de Parar-me' (Stop stopping me) campaign carried out by the entity.
And for each person of Spanish nationality identified, the police force 7 of foreign origin. According to López, the bodies understand the number of crimes resolved effectively, but the institutions should take into account the negative cost of each crime. That is, how many people have had to identify and criminalize before solving a case.
For this reason, SOS Racism denounces that there are still many deficiencies in the collection of data and that the statistics are made without the identifications contemplating perspectives of rights or social repercussions of the identified people.
SOS Racisme wants to meet with the police forces to take measures and analyze the identifications in a different way. According to Lopez, we first want to recognize that there is racial discrimination, after analyzing the data and incorporating identifications into a form that argues why it is for a given person and the name of each agent that makes them identifications
"This way you will be aware of the number of times that a person has been stopped and what agents have identified with more or less success," says López. The same person adds that, unlike the Mossos d'Esquadra, the Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona has not provided them anything which the entity attributes it to not want to make public this information.

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