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lcapsv_bannerWHERE: City of London Magistrates court, 1 Queen Victoria St, London EC4N 4XY

DATE: 14 August 2014

TIME: 9AM

A, a black woman, was arrested in January as she held a peaceful protest outside Downing Street against state racism. She was imprisoned for four days, and also denied her basic rights including access to legal representation and contact with family and friends. A feels strongly that the treatment she experienced was because she is black. When she was eventually released A was charged with ‘willful obstruction of the highway’. Details about her ordeal have been provided by A, below.

A attended court on 31 July – but due to the incompetence of the CPS and the police, the trial did not go ahead on that date. The CPS had not provided the necessary evidence, the cops were late and when they did eventually show up, one of them contradicted his own witness statement. This means that A has been subjected to a further two weeks’ wait.

We are calling on our supporters to stand with A as she attends court.

I was protesting peacefully outside Downing Street for a month in the cold during winter 2013 with an Art placard about racism and Institutional racism and the impact of this on Black women and families.

I was arrested there on 6th January 2014.

I was refused a solicitor. I was refused any call to family or friends to my embassy . I was locked up and hidden from the world for four complete days. I was brutalised and attacked and falsely imprisoned by Police officers. I went on hunger and water strike and refused their water or food for the four days. They denied me the right to contact the Consular/ Embassy for support. I believe that any English person arrested abroad or any other white citizen is never treated in this appalling and inhumane way, and I believe they would be able to contact their Embassy right away. I am an Afrikan woman, a mother, a qualified teacher and I am determined to fight for my rights.

The Metropolitan police officers accused me of refusing to leave Downing Street; of being inside a car and of trying to break some doors outside Downing Street corridor. So the racist police sent me to jail and molested and assaulted me. And standing up for my rights and fighting for justice to them meant that I was mad and they wanted to commit me to a psychiatric institution. It is pertinent to say that I do not own any car and I have never in my life driven inside any car in Downing Street. My experience has shown me that what matters to racist Police Officer is that you are black and they are unleashing their bestial brutalities against Africans when they are on duty. Sex, Age, nationality, education, religion etc doesn’t matter when you are African and there is nothing in place to protect you.

I am inviting you to our Campaign outside the tribunal and to explore with others how we can organize ourselves pacifically and rally together to fight against Institutional Racism practices. I will always refuse to surrender to injustice and to State lies, violence and to let others design a future based on sustained discrimination and racism against Africans.

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Tuesday 22nd July, 9:30

Inner London Crown Court
Sessions House
Newington Causeway
London
SE1 6AZ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/314530462043850/

This Tuesday, D once again needs your support and help.

D, a victim of police brutality has had his charges dropped from assaulting a police officer to “obstructing a constable during a drug search”.

He has opted to take it a Crown Court which means he faces a possible unlimited fine and 2 years of imprisonment but he also will have a jury to decide if he is innocent or not.

Far from obstructing a police officer, D maintains that he willingly went to the floor and the Territorial Support Group officers proceed to attack and kick him leaving him with a cracked rib and then locking him up for 23 hours.

No drugs were found as he maintains that he had none on him.

The Police often put victims of their violence on trial to delay or reduce the possibility of any complaints or civil charges being brought against them.

Background: https://londonagainstpoliceviolence.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/brixton-brutality-d/

Report from the last hearing: http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/hold-news/news/3507-what-did-that-man-do-to-you

From Justice for Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah / @Justice4Paps Campaign

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‘I can’t understand why they were trying to force me to the ground and why the officer was spraying me in the face when I was bent down and then why he attacked me so violently with a baton.’

We are concerned about the recent assault of a local African Caribbean man by Thames Valley Police officers. Andrew Moore was viewing a car for sale on Lansdale Road just by Desborough Road High Wycombe yesterday the 7th of July where he got into a small dispute with the owner who called the police.

When the police arrived – one male and one female officer he was questioned and was asked to ‘drop to the floor’ which he refused to do. He was grabbed by the male officer who attempted to kick him and then was bent down forcefully by a shed/unit where he was continuously pepper sprayed by the male officer who also tried to spray the crowd that had gathered. As he got himself upright he was then viciously assaulted by the same officer with a baton despite members of the public asking him to stop as he was not offering any resistance at this point.

A short statement from Andrew after he was released from the police station:

Justice4Paps feel that the level of force that was used was extremely excessive and completely disproportionate to the situation that the officers found themselves in. There was no regard for the fact that there was a small child in the shed/unit and that there was in the unit next door a group of vulnerable
adults with learning difficulties all of whom were extremely distressed by what they saw and heard.

Andrew himself has been traumatised by the experience and was visibly shaken up when we met him.

‘We have spoken to Andrew and local people who witnessed this brutal attack yesterday and he and communities in the Desborough Road are in shock of what has happened. We need to ask would he have been treated the same way if he had been white and if this had taken place in the Eden Shopping Centre or do the police feel that they can visit this level of violence on people from non-white communities in our areas without there being any comeback or rebuke?

Zia Ullah, Justice4Paps

Andrew is currently reviewing his options which include making a formal complaint against the officers involved in the assault against him. In the context of the complaints against police brutality that Justice4Paps have highlighted over the last 18 months and the deaths of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah in 2008 and Marcus Cottoy in 2009 High Wycombe and Philmore Mills in 2011 in Slough, it is clear that there are STILL many lessons to be learnt. Thames Valley Police need to ensure that they police communities in ways that are respectful and lawful – if police officers then fail to do this they need to be held to account.

Thames Valley Police say:

On Monday (7/7) at 1pm Thames Valley Police officers were called to a report of a criminal damage and assault at the car wash off Desborough Road, High Wycombe. Officers subsequently arrested a man at around 1.20pm at the scene for public order offences.

Supt Ed McLean, Local Policing Area Commander for Wycombe, said: “Having reviewed the incident, it is clear that my officers were faced with a challenging and difficult situation.

“A man who was identified to the officers was non-compliant and was actively resisting arrest. The officers were faced with a large crowd who at times, appeared extremely hostile and were, in my view, inflaming an already difficult situation.

“I am aware that the actions of my officers were captured and have been uploaded onto social media.

“Concerns were raised to me about the conduct of my officers and as a result a full investigation has been opened which is being overseen by our Professional Standards Department. We have subsequently received a formal complaint with regard to this incident from the man in question and that is also being investigated.

“I would like to point out that my officers consistently display the highest levels of professionalism and they understand the needs and expectations of our communities in displaying those values at all times.

“As there is an ongoing criminal investigation, it would be inappropriate for further comment on this matter at this stage.”

The 43-year-old man arrested has been bailed until 5 August to appear at High Wycombe police station.’

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Time: Tuesday 8th July, 9:30am

Location: Camberwell Green Magistrates Court

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/557068221070557/

Call out for all against police brutality and racism to support D, a victim of police violence!

On Monday 23rd June 2014, D, a black man from Brixton was assaulted by police officers from the Territorial Support Group and he sustained a cracked rib. The officers jumped out of a van, and claimed they saw him make a drug deal. D states that the officers saw him talk with his Uncle outside McDonalds while he was in his car, but this chance family encounter was found to be sinister in the eyes of the police officers. When D realised that the police were extraordinarily aggressive, he voluntarily put himself on the ground with his hands behind his back expecting to be handcuffed. The officers instead started attacking and kicking him. Rather than questioning and searching him, the police brutalised D and his cousin, and when they didn’t find any drugs they charged him with “assaulting a police officer”. D spent almost 24 hours in a cell while suffering from cracked ribs.

D is facing a hearing about this spurious charge on Tuesday at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, he would appreciate as much support as he can get.

D’s case is yet another example of racist police violence in South London. The London Campaign Against Police & State Violence aims to make the Metropolitan Police accountable for these abuses of power and offers support to victims of police violence. If you saw what happened, want to help or want more information, contact LCAPSV@GMAIL.COM

Previous examples of police brutality in Brixton:

2012: Police stomp on man’s head leaving him unconscious:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjYbwL-5O-g

2008: Sean Rigg died in Brixton Police Station shortly after being arrested:http://www.seanriggjusticeandchange.com/index.html

2001: Ricky Bishop died in Brixton Police Station shortly after being arrestedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q4trqaU6t0