By Rachel Harger / @RachelHarger
The Special Branch has been an integral part of Britainâ€™s police since 1887. Early officers of it make claims, familiar justifications of the Special Branch today, the Special Branch being an, â€œessential guarantor of stability in Britainâ€. According to these early sources back then it single handedly prevented dynamite atrocities, […]
The rank and file trade unionist led, anti-blacklist campaign over the past 18 months has made great accomplishments. The Sparks victory in the BESNA dispute, the Scottish affairs select committee report, the high court conspiracy trial coming up against Sir Robert McAlpine, numerous tribunals and actions in the European court of human rights, and […]
By Koos CouvÃ©e
An investigation that cleared police officers involved in the death of Sean Rigg Â is not worth the paper it is written on, an independent review has concluded.
Sean Rigg, 40, died after being restrained and arrested in 2008 in Brixton, south London.
The initial IPCC report found no evidence of wrongdoing by police officers.
Over the last couple of years more and more official Metropolitan Police twitter accounts have popped up. These are part of the Metâ€™s wider media operation, although the individual accounts are often controlled much further down the ranks – hence the ability not to spell â€œbeggarsâ€ correctly.Â And yesterday, theseÂ twoÂ tweetsÂ (pictured above) were posted by a […]Read more →
By Luqman Onikosi
A migrantâ€™s life is full of uncertainty. For international students, foreign investors or skilled migrants, we have to justify ourselves in order to be given the chance to stay alive. How can we do this? In a system that decides who lives and dies on the basis of economics and race, our chances […]
This is a guest post by @copwatcher
Copwatching can often lead to a distinct sense of dÃ©jÃ vu – the same stories keep appearing again and again. So what have we learnt this week?
We are creeping closer to the day when all coppers are armed â€“ with Tasers
In Cambridgeshire, more beat officers and traffic police, not […]
If you are a regular consumer of mainstream news then it might surprise you to find out that the British Police Force as an institution often fuck people up, they have and continue to harbour many individuals like Simon Harwood. Officers that are known to crack skulls, destroy homes, brutalise young people, sell personal […]
By Aviva Stahl
Disclaimer: Â I’m not a queer or LGBT Muslim, so I am certain there are lived complexities and ambiguities to this particular controversy that I cannot understand.Â If the folks who are most immediately affected by this issue object, critique or respond to what I’ve written here, I will do whatever I can to ensure […]
Officers from the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigating the death of Sean Rigg, who died in police custody at Brixton police station in 2008, yesterday arrested two serving and one retired Metropolitan Service Police (MPS) officers in connection with the on-going investigation and evidence given at the inquest into his death.
â€¢Â Police Sergeant A, 50, was […]
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