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…