The Brixton Riots: Policing the Black Community in the Last 40 Years

Thu, 3rd February, 2022

This lecture explores the persistence of police racism and what we can do about it.

Since the 1981 Brixton riots, many things have changed in British policing. However, Black people are still nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people, and three times more likely to be arrested; Black people are far more likely to be searched, arrested and prosecuted for using drugs, and yet are no more likely to use drugs than white people. This lecture explores the persistence of police racism and what we can do about it.

A lecture by Leslie Thomas

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