Police have arrested at least five people including two youth workers after an outrageous raid in Colindale in the north London borough of Barnet.
Young people from the 4FrontProject were helping do their bit to promote the Tottenham BLM protest at the police station.
The police dragged youth workers along the ground in a violent and totally racist and oppressive outburst of policing, even by the Metropolian police’s standard.
The confrontation with the police all began with the arrest of a 14 year old and the arrival of at least six police vans of territorial support group heavies.
The police deliberately escalated the situation and young people gathered at the police station to force the release of those arrested.
Andre, one of the arrested and organiser of the 4FrontProject event didn’t get home until late evening. All those arrested have now been released. One person has a broken wrist.
Andre has led campaigning work to expose the ‘Gang Matrix’ and the way the police use it to justify their victimisation of black youth.
This outrage will be met with a protest at Tottenham police station against racist policing that had been previously planned, and 4FrontProject were helping to build.
Temi spoke to the Guardian:
Temi Mwale, director of the 4Front Project, which works with young people on the Grahame Park estate, used a PA sound system to berate officers inside the station. “We tried to de-escalate the situation, I actually think it was going well,” she said. “But at some point, someone … decided it would be appropriate to send four, five huge vans full of hundreds of you, to start dragging community workers across the floor.” moreTemi Mwale
BLM Protest at Tottenham police station
– Saturday 8 August, 1pm
Protest called by Monitoring Project and others.