Black Teenager Sues Met Police, School After She Was Wrongly Strip-Searched by Force in 2020

© AFP 2023 / DANIEL LEALMembers of the Metropolitan Police patrol amongst the shoppers on Oxford Street, in central London on December 21, 2017
Members of the Metropolitan Police patrol amongst the shoppers on Oxford Street, in central London on December 21, 2017 - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.03.2022
The incident took place on 3 December 2020, but only came to light earlier this month in a safeguarding review, which found that a Black girl was strip-searched at her Hackney-based secondary school after staff members called the Metropolitan Police as they falsely alleged the teenager was in possession of drugs.
A Black teenager, who was wrongly strip-searched by Metropolitan Police officers at her school in 2020, is suing the force, Sky News has reported.
The news outlet quoted the law firm Bhatt Murphy as saying that the 15-year-old, only identified as Child Q, is also taking civil action against her Hackney-based secondary school over the incident.
Her lawyer Chanel Dolcy said that the girl "seeks to hold both institutions to account including through cast-iron commitments to ensure this never happens again".
Child Q, for her part, thanked people all over the world, who had reached out to support her.

"I want to thank the thousands of people across the world of all backgrounds who have offered me support – both publicly and through messages conveyed to my legal team – following everything I've been through", Child Q emphasised.

The remarks came after the Metropolitan Police apologised for strip-searching the 15-year-old in 2020, with Detective Superintendent Dan Rutland admitting that "the findings of the safeguarding review reflect this incident should never have happened".

Rutland was referring to the review conducted by the City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP), which determined that the strip-search of Child Q had been unjustified, and that racism "was likely to have been an influencing factor". The CHSCP added that the girl's experience was "unlikely to be the same" had she not been Black.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), in turn, confirmed that it had completed its investigation into three Met police officers who either carried out the strip-search or were involved in supervising it. The IOPC said that the investigative report is now being finalised.
During the 3 December 2020 incident, school staff had called police after they became concerned the girl "smelled strongly of cannabis and may have been in possession of drugs", according to a Scotland Yard statement at the time.
The teenager, who was on her period, was then taken to the medical room and strip-searched by two female officers, with no teachers or other adults present. During the strip-search, her intimate body parts were exposed and she was asked to remove her sanitary pad. After no drugs were found, the girl was sent home by taxi and later shared her distress with her mother.
The incident has provoked a public outcry since the case was made public by the CHSCP. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper described the body's report as "disturbing", saying that the child was searched in "the most degrading way" with "profound and distressing consequences".
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