In the UK, there is often a perception amongst the public that racism is not as prevalent an issue as it is in the US and that it is simply a case of a ‘few bad apples’. Yet, as Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the globe following the murder of George Floyd in the US by Minneapolis police detective Derek Chauvin, the UK’s overt and covert racism has come to a head.
Systemic Racism in the UK
Systemic racism describes the way in which racism is rooted within the very structures of our society. It is evident throughout the foundations of our institutions; criminal justice, health care, employment, housing, income and education to name but a few.
An IRR News researcher speaks to scholars and campaigners across the country about the disproportionate use of Tasers on over-policed BME communities, as the IOPC announces an inquiry into widespread police discrimination.
On 4 May in Haringey, the police tasered Jordan Walker-Brown, a then 23-year-old black man they were trying to detain as he jumped over a wall, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. Just two days later, a video circulated showing the police tasering another black man, Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, in front of his young son in Greater Manchester, who distressingly screams ‘Daddy’ whilst watching his father fall to the ground.
The mother of a man shot dead by police has vowed to get justice for her son as the court of appeal is to hear a challenge to police use of force.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is bringing the case against a Metropolitan police officer known as W80, who fired a fatal shot killing 28-year-old Jermaine Baker, from Tottenham, north London, in December 2015.
Baker was shot dead by an armed officer during a breakout attempt near Wood Green crown court. He died from a single gunshot wound. Criminal charges against W80 were dropped in 2017.