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Little Revolution: Riot play shines a light on the class divide in British society

09 September 2014
Voices from people in Hackney make Little Revolution, about the 2011 riots, an antidote to those who dismissed them as ‘criminality’, argues Brian Richardson

Cops knew of 'failings' within months of Cherry Groce’s shooting

15 July 2014
Police failings contributed to the death of Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, an inquest jury has found.

Nicky Jacobs trial: 'It was a matter of any black man will do' says Winston Silcott

15 April 2014
Nicky Jacobs was found not guilty of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock last week. One of the Tottenham Three, Winston Silcott, spoke to Annette Mackin about the system’s racism

Court in Nicky Jacobs trial hears that officer 'overlooked lies' about Blakelock murder

01 April 2014
A police officer was accused of overlooking “glaring inconsistencies and blatant lies” about PC Keith Blakelock’s murder.

Shameful media attack on grieving Duggan family

14 January 2014
After the jury returned its conclusion of “lawful killing” sections of the media immediately launched a poisonous assault on Mark Duggan and his family.

Police shot unarmed Mark Duggan, but his killing 'lawful'

14 January 2014
The family of Mark Duggan reacted with shock and fury to the decision of an inquest jury into his killing by police on Wednesday of last week. 

Questions over how gun was 'thrown'

14 January 2014
The jury ruled by nine to one that it was more likely than not that Mark threw a gun to where one was found 7.34 metres away from where he was shot.

Mark's killer gets to keep his police gun

14 January 2014
Armed police officers have shot and killed 54 people in England and Wales in the last 23 years. The Metropolitan Police has been responsible for 21 of those killings. 

Officer who shot Mark Duggan was in ‘an extreme rage’

15 October 2013
The taxi driver who was driving Mark Duggan before police shot him has said that the cops were behaving as though “they had come to hunt someone”.

Did Duggan cop plant gun?

24 September 2013
A witness into the shooting of Mark Duggan is to tell the inquest into his death that she saw police “plant” a gun near the site of the shooting. Police shot and killed Mark in August 2011. The witness is known as Miss J. She claims that she saw an officer take a gun from a shoebox in a minicab and put it on the grass metres away from where Mark’s body was lying.

Harsher sentences for rioters

30 July 2013
Judges and magistrates were directed to ignore sentencing guidelines for those accused of involvement in the riots of the summer of 2011.

Young people in Sweden revolt against austerity and racism

28 May 2013
Åsa Hjalmers reports on the riots that have shaken Sweden’s capital Stockholm over the past week

Victory in deportation right to stay

07 May 2013
Two people who took part in the 2011 riots have successfully fought against deportation.

Justice for Mark Duggan

31 July 2012
The police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham sparked riots on 4 August 2011 when local people went to the police station to demand answers.

Mark Duggan probe delay

13 December 2011
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the shooting of Mark Duggan won’t be finished until April 2012.

Revealed: August riots were motivated by anger at police

06 December 2011
When riots broke out in August, the Tories and the press rushed to explain them away. It was just looting by gang members, they declared, or "criminality, pure and simple" as David Cameron put it.

Mark Duggan wasn’t armed when police killed him

22 November 2011
Police killed Mark Duggan in August in Tottenham, north London. The investigation into his death is in chaos.

New figures show poverty at heart of riots

25 October 2011
David Cameron declared "all-out war on gang culture" after the August riots. But the latest government statistics show only 13 percent of those arrested were part of a gang.

Judge upholds ‘severe’ jail terms for Facebook messages

18 October 2011
People sentenced to some of the harshest jail terms after the summer riots have lost their appeals.

Riots - cops go for the usual suspects

20 September 2011
The media has pounced on statistics from the Ministry of Justice claiming three quarters of rioters in court so far already had a criminal record.

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