Theresa May promised to address injustice of black men being treated more harshly – but the problem has worsened

When Theresa May announced on the steps of Downing Street she was to be the new prime minister she placed fighting “burning injustice” in the UK at the heart of her vision to put union back into the politics of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

Among a litany of examples of such injustices, she included: “If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.”

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