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Nicky Jacobs slams police over Broadwater Farm riot

Issue No. 2400

Nicky Jacobs, recently found not guilty of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock, has spoken about his 29-year ordeal with police. Blakelock was killed during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot in north London.

Nicky said in an interview with the BBC that the riot started because of the brutal way cops treated black people. He took part, but wasn’t there when Blakelock was killed. But he said, “Miss Jarrett had died the day before so we had a feeling of tit-for-tat.”

Cynthia Jarrett died when police raided her home. He went on, “At that time the wickedness that the police used to do to the black community, yeah, it was celebration time.”

After Nicky was found not guilty, former Met Commissioner John Stevens wrote in the Mirror newspaper, “It is only a matter of time before police get the evidence to support a successful prosecution.”

This is what police said when the Tottenham Three’s convictions for Blakelock’s murder were quashed in 1991 after it was revealed that police fabricated evidence.

The police have no evidence. The only reason they continue to relentlessly pursue Nicky is because they are desperate for revenge.

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