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  1. City Hall says it is reviewing what the Met says is used to protect people. Sophie Linden said the tool is under review Date - 30th October 2018 By - Ian Weinfass and Press Association Campaigners have called on the Mayor of London to intervene to have a police gangs database scrapped. A group which includes the director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen and lawyer Imran Khan, known for representing the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, claims that Scotland Yard's gangs matrix is racist and the "wrong tool" to tackle the recent rise in violent crime. In an open letter to Sadiq Khan on Tuesday, they said: "All of us strongly believe the Metropolitan Police's gangs matrix database is the wrong tool for the job. "The matrix is racially discriminatory: 78 per cent of people on it are black, despite the fact that only 27 per cent of those responsible for serious youth violence in London are black. "In London, the term 'gang' has become heavily racialised - so much so that it is a significant hindrance to effective policy-making. To demonstrate the point, the Metropolitan Police's own figures show that only five per cent of knife crime is related to 'gang' activity." It continued: "To achieve the goal of a more peaceful capital city our response to violent crime must be evidence-based, not be tainted by institutional racism and mindful of human rights obligations." The force staunchly defends use of the matrix, pointing out in May that it is used to identify people at risk as well as those believed to pose a risk. Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball told politicians at the London Assembly: “There’s a basis for everybody identified as being at risk, or posing a risk. The intelligence picture that’s there means it’s vital we, or our partners, take some sort of intervention to protect those people and that’s why people are on the gangs violence matrix.” Being on the Matrix could affect access to services such as housing, education and the job centre, Amnesty International has claimed. Researchers heard some families were threatened with eviction if a young person did not change their behaviour, and one was sent an ultimatum more than a year after their son had died. The Information Commissioner's Office announced that it was investigating the Matrix, in May. This week Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, said: "The mayor has committed to reviewing the gangs matrix and this review should be completed before the end of the year." View On Police Oracle

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