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Protest demands police admit how Sean Rigg died

25 August 2009
The first anniversary of the tragic death of Sean Rigg saw more than 200 people march through Brixton, south London, on Friday of last week accompanied with drums and chanting.

Carole Vincent: the strange case of the missing police truncheon

25 August 2009
It took Judge Pitts just ten minutes to find me "not guilty" of the theft of an ASP type metal police baton at Southwark Crown Court on 17 August.

Police plan to ‘clamp down’ on Notting Hill Carnival

25 August 2009
Police are yet again planning to "clamp down" on and criminalise people attending the Notting Hill Carnival.

Demonstrate over Sean Rigg who died in police custody

18 August 2009
Sean Rigg died after being arrested and restrained by four police officers in Brixton, south London, on 21 August 2008

Police continue to evade responsibility for G20 violence

14 July 2009
The report into the policing of the G20 protests was released last week. The 106 page Adapting to Protest document was produced by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Exhibition: The Met Collection

07 July 2009
The police are not generally known for having a sense of humour but the opening of this exhibition has been done with expert comic timing.

Police to release report into death of Blair Peach

30 June 2009
The police report into the death of anti-racist campaigner and Socialist Workers Party member Blair Peach should finally be published more than 30 years after he was killed at an Anti-Nazi League demonstration in Southall, west London.

G20 protests: ‘Inappropriate force’ the fault of poorly trained officers, say Met police bosses

30 June 2009
Police used "inappropriate force" against demonstrators during the G20 protests in April this year.

London demonstration 'kettles' police

26 May 2009
Over 500 protesters held an angry march through central London last Saturday as part of the campaign against police violence.

Protest to demand the truth and justice

12 May 2009
The family of Ian Tomlinson, who died during the G20 protests after being pushed to the ground by riot police, is seeking more answers about his death.

Police continue to target protesters

12 May 2009
The police are continuing to hound people involved in the demonstrations against Israel’s murderous war on Gaza in January this year.

A step forward for civil liberties over stop and search

12 May 2009
Police have had their power to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion suspended. Section 44 of the Terrorism Act gave police the power to search people without an expressed suspicion.

Deaths in custody: ‘The police think they can walk all over people’

05 May 2009
Samantha Rigg-David’s brother Sean Rigg died in police custody in Brixton, south London, on 21 August 2008.

Police stop and search of black people rises 322 percent in a year

05 May 2009
Shocking statistics released by the home office last week revealed just how far stop and search is systematically used against black and Asian people.

Police facing growing pressure over tactics

05 May 2009
The Metropolitan Police Authority is under growing pressure over its operation around the G20 protests and the death of Ian Tomlinson shortly after he was pushed and assaulted by police in central London on 1 April.

Activists refuse to let police off hook

28 April 2009
The campaign to win justice for Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed by police at the G20 protests in London, sprang into action last week.

Infiltration tactics being used against protesters

28 April 2009
Shocking revelations about police monitoring and infiltration of protest groups emerged last week.

Miners recognise police tactics at G20: ‘These are old tactics’

28 April 2009
‘In 1984 and 1985 my husband was a striking miner. I was a member of a women’s support group, helping in the food kitchen and taking part in women’s picket lines and demonstrations.

Protecting the Nazis

28 April 2009
The police also have a long history of protecting Nazis while attacking anti-Nazi demonstrators – from Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in the 1930s to the National Front in Lewisham in 1977. It continues to this day.

The police are the strong arm of the state

28 April 2009
The police have been integral in implementing New Labour’s "anti-terror" legislation – from extended stop and search, bungled house raids and the slaying of Jean Charles de Menezes.

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