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No to police brutality

Earlier today, local residents protested outside Walworth Police Station, to highlight the police's recent brutal treatment of a young black man.

Local residents protested on Walworth Road and outside the Walworth Police Station, in reaction to an incident which took place in June this year.

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According to the mother of the man involved, her son was standing by a phone box on Elmington Road in Camberwell one afternoon in June, when a number of police officers attempted to get him to the ground, punching his face, back of the neck and using pepper-spray in the process. The police officers did not find anything in man's posessions.

The peaceful protest today and the conversations with the people involved again highlighted the grave concerns many have with the way the police is treating men from Black and Asian ethnic minority groups, who are persistently stopped and searched.

We have in the past argued that this villification starts with children, as the police, Safer Neighbourhood Teams etc, increased presence on the streets in Camberwell, Walworth and other 'poor', ethnically mixed areas every school day around 3pm cannot be ignored, and this alone, far from 'making people feel safer' sends a message to the kids that they, because of who they are, will probably get to no good, and to others that those kids are/will be trouble and/or commit a crime.

Two police officers came out to talk to the protesters and made notes of the issues and concerns.

As the 'total policing' continues to be challenged and actions scrutinised, we hope to publish any update when it is available.

 

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