WATCH: Know Your Rights – Police powers to stop, search, account and arrest

Watch the webinar with Massoud Shadjareh and Mudassar Arani covering a number of powers that the police and security services have to stop, search, account and arrest people.  This webinar took place on Sunday, 24 January 2021 and chaired by Raza Kazim.

The event consisted of two parts:

  1. Schedule 7
  2. Stop and search powers in the UK powers for ‘examining officers’ at ports and airports, to stop, question and/or detain people

Mudassar Arani discussed the purpose of Schedule 7 and how it is involved in questioning and/or detaining people they suspect are engaged in the preparation, commission or instigation of terrorism – without caution or notice of search. With these powers, no requirement of written notice. Arani delves into what personal details are kept, whether the stop and search constitutes as a criminal record, what details are collected (such as fingerprints, data on phones and laptops, etc.), women removing headscarves when detention under schedule 7 and much more.

Massoud Shadjareh shares personal experience as a victim of stop and search and comments on how IHRC has been at the forefront of this issue by supporting victims of disproportionate stop and search activities and educating people with the Know Your Rights campaign.

Both Shadjareh and Anari provide a wealth of practical advice on how to communicate with your solicitor during detention under Schedule 7, how to be prepared for such situations, repercussions if you do not comply with questioning under, whether there are exceptions for people with mental or physical disabilities and much more. 

Arani further discusses the two types of stop and search processes in the UK and Shadjareh offered his thoughts and advice on what our thinking should be during arrests and the importance of having professional support.