As the stop and search outrages mount, Black Lives Matter activists in Brixton have called a demonstration in the heart of Brixton this Saturday 25th July at 12 noon.
The latest videoed violent stop and search took place in Mitcham two days a go – this time of 464 year old man on his way home from work. Enough!
Scrap section 60
Ban stop and search
Saturday 25th July, 12 noon
Windrush Square, Brixton
Called by Stand Up To Racism
Michael Wilson was walking home from work in Mitcham yesterday (Wednesday 22 July) when he and a colleague, Lloyd, were stopped by police.
An altercation ensued when they tried to handcuff Michael, who was then forced to the ground by police officers and his head repeatedly forced into the ground.
Michael was splitting blood from the injuries caused by the police. At one stage eight officers were involved in the incident.
Mr Wilson is 64-years-old.
The pair had been clearing a garden and were on their home. Michael had a bag with his tools in with may have been why the police picked on him.
A witness to the police assualt send this video to BLMM.
Michael was taken to Wimbledon police station.
Thanks to onlooker Janet Oliver for arranging for this video to be sent to BLMM and for her action in witnessing and holding to account the officers involved.
The officer at the centre of the violent arrest claims that Michael bit him, which the man denies.
Witnesses to the incident say that there was no sign of Michael biting and that he had no time to do so, between the initial conversation with the officer and being taken to the ground.
Janet Oliver commented: “The officer lied, the man never bit him.”
Lloyd concurs. “I didn’t see no biting,” he insists. “I told him not to resist and to give his name but the police just jumped on him and tried to handcuff him.”
This latest incident of police brutality follows the emergence of a video a few days ago of a teenager in Hertfordshire being stopped and assaulted by police.
A hundred BLM protesters assembled outside the Tottenham police station for the third time in the past three weeks as they stepped up their campaign against stop and search and for the banning of the Taser.
Support was notably vocal from passing motorists, as the constant stream of police abuses caught on video adds to rising anger across London.
Thanks to Stand Up To Racism for organising.
A similar protest was held down the road at Hackney’s Stoke Newington police station later in the day
There’s a protest at Tottenham police station on Saturday against stop and search
Called by Haringey Stand Up To Racism
End Stop & Search
Scrap Section 60
Ban the Taser
Peaceful Protest Saturday 11 July 12 noon – 1.30pm
outside Tottenham police station, High Road N17 9JA
Thanks to all who made last Saturday’s protest in Duckett’s Common a success. This week we take the campaign back to Tottenham Police Station on the High Road. Bring banners and placards – let’s keep up the momentum!
Black Lives Matter
This is a static, socially distanced protest. Wear a mask.
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Emergency protest against Cressida Dick visit on Friday 10 July,
There’s also an emergency protest tomorrow, Friday 10th against Met commissioner Cressida Dick’s visit to Tottenham.
4pm at Tottenham Hotspur Football aground, Tottenham High Road
Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee has got hold of damning evidence of the extent of the oppressive nature of the policing of black (and white) youth in the big cities of the UK, especially London.
Lots of anecdotal evidence has been cited about the increase in stops of young people and now we have the proof.
For black youth the level of harassment has gone way off the scale, with a quarter of all the young black people having been stopped during the lockdown.
This comes after the overpolicing of block parties on working class housing estates.
From the Guardian:
Young black men were stopped and searched by police more than 20,000 times in London during the coronavirus lockdown – the equivalent more than a quarter of all black 15- to 24-year-olds in the capital.
More than 80% of the 21,950 searches between March and May resulted in no further action, according to analysis by the office of the home affairs select committee chair, Yvette Cooper.
The figures equate to 30% of all young black males in London, though some individuals may have been searched more than once.
The Met increased its use of stop and search during the lockdown, compared with a year ago. The force carried out 43,000 stops in May, compared to 21,000 a year earlier, and 30,608 in April, up from 20,981.
Katrina Ffrench, chief executive of Stopwatch, a charity that campaigns against the disproportionate use of stop and search, said: “The number is shocking and saddening. How do those young people feel when this is their city, they’re going about their daily business, could be caring for parents, all sorts of reasons as to why they’re out?” more
Parliament Home Affairs Select Committee hears evidence on stop and search. Hearing evidence this week.
Three hundred people came to Turnpike Lane today to protest against the use of Tasers by police and draconian Section 60 stop and search laws.
The protest was organised by Haringey Stand Up To Racism and supported by local Black Lives Matter groups.
Speakers included deputy leader of Haringey Council Seema Chandwani, and Andrew Boateng who’s case was recently reported by the national media after he was stopped with his son and handcuffed while on a charity ride for a community-police relations charity.
The cases of two black men (Millard Scott and Jordan Walker-Brown) tasered by police in Tottenham have come to light in recent weeks.
This follows incidents in the North, particularly in Manchester where Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara was tasered while holding his 5-year-old child.
A rising number of cases are being recorded as police use Tasers as an offensive weapon, and not for defence as originally intended.
Section 60 is increasingly being used by police to stop and search black youth without having to give a reason. Although most stops are still under PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act), the number is falling because of campaigning against it.
In response however, police are routinely turning to the more severe public order legislation that provides police with more draconian powers.
At the request of senior officers, entire boroughs – often several at the same time – can be put under section 60 and any individual stopped and searched.
These laws are being abused to widen the oppressive overpolicing of black communities – seen most recently in the ongoing unnecessary use of force to shut down block and street parties in London and elsewhere, while allowing sunbathers to congregate in huge numbers unmolested by the authorities.
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