Who? Carolynn Gallwey, Partner, Bhatt Murphy, London.
Why is she on the news? Represents brothers Dijon and Liam Joseph, who are suing Metropolitan Police in connection with a stop and search after seeing fists clumped in south London in February 2018. Her case was cited by the Independent Office for Police Conduct in a series of study recommendations published last month for the Met to “Improve Stop and Search.”
Thoughts on the case: “Black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than whites. Only a quarter of the stops result in further action being taken, and then it usually comes down to cannabis. Alienation from communities is a heavy price to pay for such an ineffective police tool. If there is a will to address this, it must start with the police and the IOPC naming discrimination when there is no other explanation for a stop. The police complaint system failed to draw the conclusion that we believe to be inevitable in this case: Liam and Dijon’s race is the reason a greeting on a cold February evening was viewed as a drug deal. This leaves this dispute against the Commissioner under the Equal Opportunities Act, which is examining whether the court can conclude that there has been discrimination if there is no non-discriminatory explanation for the stop. “
The Met said: “The IOPC investigation found that there were no findings of misconduct related to any officer involved in this incident.” Police said that based on one of the IOPC’s learning recommendations, both stop and addiction training and unconscious bias training were reviewed. ‘
Dealing with the media: “Racial profiles in street-level policing usually mean“ little ”messages, but these add up to something of great social importance. We saw a wave of energy and interest in what lies beneath the little stories. It was such a justification for lawyers in the field to see the national media pull the strings together. ‘
Why become a lawyer? “A burning sense of injustice for those at the wrong end of a power imbalance.”
Career level: ‘While sitting in the Birmingham Coroners Court in 2015 listening to a jury, he finally got fucking justice to a young man named Kingsley Burrell. He died after prolonged restraint, the danger of tasers and covering his face, and the use of batons and cuffs. ‘
Career low: “Too many police / CPS / IOPC investigations into police misconduct have left people in limbo for years. All too often, by the time they end, they have lost their purpose and value. ‘