A DOCUMENTARY about the controversy of police stop and searches airs tomorrow.
In England and Wales black men are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white men; Channel 4 commissioned Flicker Productions to make a film, fronted by Jermaine Jenas, exploring the contentious issues of stop and search in Britain.
The Truth About Police Stop and Search features the experiences of around 40 black men and teenagers who used cameras to record their experiences of stop and search across England, and to see how their interactions with the police play out.
Mr Jenas said: “This film is really important to me; I wanted the viewer at home to gain some understanding of what life is like for a young black man dealing with the police.
“I hope these stories will help paint that picture and highlight the day-to-day struggle and mental health difficulties that are being put on one community because of stop and search.
“I’m hoping for change.”
The documentary aims to help the British public understand the full scale of the issue, and its wide-reaching social, psychological and personal consequences.
Flicker Productions Executive Producer, Colleen Flynn, said: “We wanted to go beyond the news headlines and document how stop and search is affecting so many men, women and families across the country.
“And, with Jermaine at the helm, ask the audience to reflect on and understand the everyday scrutiny black men find themselves under.”
The Truth About Police Stop and Search will air on Channel 4 at 10pm on Monday, May 31
It was commissioned by Siobhan Sinnerton, Channel 4 Current Affairs Editor, and overseen by Steve Boulton.
It was made by Flicker Productions, executive produced by Colleen Flynn and directed by Jasleen Kaur Sethi.