George Floyd case reignites calls to tackle racial injustice in UK policing

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source: The Guardian
published: 21 April 2021

The conviction of a US police officer for murdering George Floyd has reignited calls to tackle racial injustice in British law enforcement, with campaigners calling for an end to a “culture of impunity.”

Video of white officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May by holding his knee on the unarmed black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds triggered protests around the world.

Campaigners have said his conviction on Tuesday on all three counts – second and third degree murder and manslaughter – should be a catalyst for change in the UK after 30 years in which no officer has been convicted of murder or manslaughter for a death following contact with police.

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Coming Soon! 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance initiative

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published: 29 January 2021

April 2021 is the 40th anniversary of the Brixton uprisings. On this date an ambitious cultural programme of events and activities will kick-off across Brixton.

It will be a culturally democratic programme…

Introduction:

In 1981, Black communities in Brixton first rose up in a bloody confrontation with the Metropolitan Police against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession and high unemployment. For the first time since the uprisings in 1981, we will tell the unheard stories of this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion that fundamentally changed Britain.

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‘Abuse of power’: global outrage grows after death of George Floyd

Protestsource: The Guardian
published: 2 June 2020

The EU’s top diplomat has described the death of George Floyd as an “abuse of power”, adding his voice to growing international unease over the US killing as well as Washington’s subsequent violent crackdown against protesters.

“We here in Europe, like the people of the US, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd and I think that also societies must remain vigilant against the excess of use of force,” said Josep Borrell, the European body’s foreign policy chief.

“This is an abuse of power and this has to be denounced as we combat [it] in the States and everywhere.

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