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Greater Manchester no longer has a Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has now taken responsibility for policing and crime.

Campaigning against stereotypes of young black people

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With help from charity Fixers, a group of young men from Moss Side spoke to Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd about their campaign to overcome negative stereotypes of youths who live in the area.

They told Tony about their concerns that young black men are targeted disproportionately by plain-clothed officers in Moss Side.

Led by Yusuf Abdullani, 16, the group is producing a series of posters encouraging people to look beyond prejudices.

“When people find out I’m from Moss Side they think I’m a bad person, but I’m really not,” Yusuf says.

“Me and my friends are just normal people. We’re like everyone else, we do what everyone does. We just want to build more opportunities for people from Moss Side.”

“When people find out I live in Moss Side, one of the first things they ask is: “Have you ever been shot?” They don’t realise that actually the area has improved a lot.”

He believes that the presence of plain-clothed officers in Moss Side is failing to reduce tensions between the police and young black men.

“They’re supposed to help us, but they don’t really help us. They just interrogate us and say ‘What you doing today lads?’

“It makes you feel down and it puts your confidence down.”

Tony said: “The best way of policing any area is where people think the police are there for them and not there against them.

“So if young people think there’s a big gulf, it doesn’t really matter who’s right and wrong, we’ve got to close that gap.”

  • Yusuf and his friends launched their campaign with support from Fixers, the charity that supports 16-25-year-olds to tackle the issues that fire them up.
  • View the poster campaign on the Fixers website
  • Watch the ITV coverage of the Fixers meeting Tony

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