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Vigil for Sean Rigg: anger at deaths in police custody

24 August 2010
A powerful and emotional vigil to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Sean Rigg in Brixton police station took place last Saturday.

Met use Notting Hill Carnival as excuse to harass black people

24 August 2010
The traditional harassment of black people by the police in the run-up to the Notting Hill Carnival has begun.

Ian Tomlinson commemoration

03 August 2010

How the cops lied and lied about the death of Ian Tomlinson

27 July 2010
In the hours and days after Ian Tomlinson’s death the police told lie after lie in the press. Here are just a few of them.

Bloody history of the police

27 July 2010
Ian Tomlinson is the latest in a long line of people killed by the police on the streets of London.

Ian Tomlinson: Riot cops escape justice

27 July 2010
No police officers are to be charged over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at last year’s G20 protests in the City of London.

Police admit they beat Gaza protesters

13 July 2010
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £25,000 in compensation to two protesters who were beaten by police during a demonstration in London.

Cops can’t stop and search without a reason

13 July 2010
Police are to be stripped of the power to stop and search people for no reason after a European Court judgement.

Azelle Rodney: fight for justice goes on as inquiry is announced

15 June 2010
After a five-year campaign, justice secretary Kenneth Clarke last week announced a judicial inquiry into the police killing of Azelle Rodney, an unarmed 24-year old black Londoner in 2005. But there is concern that at least part of the proceedings will be in secret.

G20 protests: jury rejects police case against activist

15 June 2010
A jury cleared a G20 demonstrator of violent disorder on Friday of last week. The right wing media had painted Harvie Brown as the "ringleader" of anti-police violence.

Tories plans reduce defendants' rights

08 June 2010
New Tory plans will increase pressure on people arrested by police to plead guilty long before they even reach court.

Sus: a story of police racism all too relevant for today

04 May 2010
It’s election night in 1979 and in an east London police station DS Karn and DC Wilby are eagerly awaiting the "new dawn" that will accompany Margaret Thatcher’s victory.

On the wrong side of the law

30 March 2010
Police in Exeter have been playing cops and robbers—with themselves.

G20 officer up in court

23 March 2010
The scandal of police violence during the G20 protests in April last year hit the news again this week.

Gaza trials: ‘Don’t give in - plead not guilty’

23 March 2010
There was good news last week from the trial of those arrested at the protests against the Israeli invasion of Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.

Poll Tax riot: The day that sunk Thatcher’s flagship

23 March 2010
The police piled into demonstrators from points around the square. Two police vans and a car were driven into the crowd at speed without warning.

Police criticised in Paul Coker death-in-custody Inquest

09 March 2010
"I have campaigned for justice from the day Paul died. Losing a child is heartbreaking enough, but losing a child while they are in the care of the state gives an added dimension to the grief.

Five more jailed for protesting over Gaza attacks

02 March 2010
Around 40 people picketed Isleworth crown court on Friday of last week, demanding justice for people facing charges over the Gaza demonstrations in London last year.

The truth about the Broadwater Farm riot and the killing of PC Blakelock

16 February 2010
Last week a 40-year old man from Suffolk was arrested and questioned over the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Tottenham Riots. The new investigation has rekindled memories of one of the worst examples of police racism and injustice ever seen in Britain.

‘Truth and justice’ at the Mikey Powell inquest

05 January 2010
The family of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in 2003, say the verdict of the inquest into his death has given them "truth and justice".

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