Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside Stoke Newington police station in support of Child Q, the Black schoolgirl who was strip-searched by police after being taken out of an exam.
A huge crowd – including local MP Diane Abbott – turned out for the demonstration at the station in Hackney, the same borough where the horrifying incident took place.
Chants of: “Racist cops, out of schools” rang out, while signs reading: “We say no to police in schools” and “No to racist police” were held aloft.
An investigation found racism was an “influencing factor” in the treatment of 15-year-old Child Q, who was taken out of an exam and strip searched while menstruating after cannabis was smelt near her.
No cannabis was found during the search, which took place with no other adults present. Her intimate parts were exposed during the incident, and her parents were not informed it had taken place. Three police officers are under investigation for misconduct by police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Speaking to The Big Issue, Abbott said she was horrified when she found out about the incident, and the fact it took two years to come to light showed that teachers and police “thought this was just normal”. She now wants to see teachers and officers reprimanded and will meet with Hackney police chiefs on Wednesday next week.