Police anger as officers are told they CAN'T stop and search suspects because they smell of cannabisPosted by On


Police anger as officers are told they CAN’T stop and search suspects just because they smell of cannabis

  • Emmanuel Arthur said he was ‘harassed and humiliated’ during stop and search¬†
  • Officer admitted he could no longer smell cannabis after searching Mr Arthur¬†
  • IOPC found that the officer’s grounds for the search were not reasonable¬†

Police officers have been told they can’t stop and search suspects just because they smell of cannabis, a watchdog said yesterday.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that the smell of cannabis on a suspect was not enough by itself to justify a stop and search as they ruled on a case involving an officer stopping a black cyclist.

The ruling has sparked uproar among rank-and-file officers, who believe the move will virtually decriminalise cannabis and hamper them as they try to crack…

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