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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.

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.

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.

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.

A history of repression and strike breaking

28 April 2009
From the working class demonstrations of the Chartists in the 19th century to the anti-war and anti-capitalist movements today one thing has remained a constant – police repression.

The police are an enemy of the people

28 April 2009
The death of Ian Tomlinson during protests against the G20 in London on 1 April has made thousands of people question the true nature of

It’s time to demand the truth behind police lies is uncovered

21 April 2009
The 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster has led to renewed calls for official documents relating to the day to be made public.

Blair Peach: killed by police

21 April 2009
Monday 23 April 1979 was a stormy day in west London. Schools were still on Easter holiday. Ealing’s arterial Uxbridge Road was strangely quiet because the buses were on strike, as were many food and textile factories.

Disband the riot squads

21 April 2009
The Territorial Support Group (TSG) police riot squad used its full might to crush protests in the City of London on 1 April, with tragic consequences.

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