In a frank admission yesterday, a former adviser to the IPCC’s investigation into the death of Mark Duggan has asserted that the handling of the case is a shambles, which in part explains the anger and frustration felt by many in the community, and furthermore from the public at large.
The story broke at the weekend that Hull City Council had mixed up the body of former British paratrooper Christopher Alder 37 who was said to have been buried over a decade ago with that of Grace Kamara, a Nigerian woman in her 60’s who had died of natural causes.
“Why do they fight in London?” a homeless man in Addis Ababa asked me this morning, after he realised I was both British and had limited understanding of the local currency’s value. His Manchester United T-shirt, trousers with chimney-sweep ends and obviously second or third hand coat clung to his body in the rain. And [...]
I haven’t been alive long, but I can safely say that I have never been so scared, shocked and saddened by anything like this.
I remember very clearly the IRA bomb in Manchester. Neighbours had to be evacuated from Marks and Spencer and I remember walking through the city weeks afterwards and there still being signs [...]
Are we to believe that London police officers and staff are much less likely to abuse databases than others around the country? Or could it perhaps be that the Met are less assiduous than other forces in cracking down on culprits?
Those right-wing commentators and newspapers who are now shedding copious tears over the distress of ordinary families hacked by the News of the World should be thanking those celebrities and politicians for the role they have played in bringing this disgrace to light.
At a full Lambeth Town Hall on Friday evening, the sixth meeting of the Equality Movement was held. Entitled ‘Who Polices the Police?’, the meeting aimed to share some of the stories of police brutality, in the heart of Brixton, and to strengthen community ties, as well as to encourage young people to speak out, without fear, about how they are treated by the police.
Last Friday evening, the second trailer for the ‘Bars For Change’ project was released. Billed as ‘bridging the gap between politics and music’, the video featured an array of hip-hop and grime artists, including Mic Righteous, recently censored on BBC 1Xtra for using the phrase “Free Palestine”, Rodney P, Durrty Goodz, Ghetts, Logic, Ty, Jammer, [...]
Despite its recent defeat in the Lords, the Government is determined to introduce elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Elected police chiefs were a key Tory policy, with which the Prime Minister is personally associated – and given what is happening to the health reforms Tory MPs are in no mood for a U-turn on policing. [...]
Last night the House of Lords voted to accept an amendment to the government’s Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill by 188 to 176. The vote has, for the time being, blocked the Government’s attempt to introduce directly elected ‘police and crime commissioners’ in England and Wales. To many, this was a shock result. The introduction of the new directly elected chiefs is, after all, part of the Coalition Agreement and Liberal Democrat whips actively encouraged Liberal peers known to oppose the bill to abstain.
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