A UK study shows that black people were three times more likely to be fined for COVID-19 rule violations than white people, with higher rates in poorer areas. Racial disparities were found across all forces from March 2020 to May 2021.

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  • Research shows fines for breaking COVID rules were 3 times more likely for black people than white people in England and Wales.
  • Fines were 7 times more likely in the poorest areas compared to the richest.
  • The study was commissioned by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) but not published by them.

R esearch commissioned for Britain’s police chiefs has revealed that fines for breaking COVID rules were three times more likely to be handed to black people than white people, and seven times more likely to be issued in the poorest areas than the richest.


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