Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism

by Guilaine Kinouani  Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang assaulted and racially abused by four French police officers in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. So severe were the anal injuries sustained by Theo that… Read More

The grass is always bloodier: what will it take for us to acknowledge violence against black people in Europe?

by Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert  Content warning: detailed description of rape On Thursday 2nd February, police officers were in Aulnay-sous-Bois, on the outskirts of Paris, conducting identification checks, the sort that poor black and brown youths are all too familiar with. In the process one of the kids was brutally slapped by an officer. At that… Read More

The Orlando shooting comes down to only two things: gun control and homophobia

by Ali M Latifi  Almost immediately after Omar Mir Seddique Mateen’s identity was revealed the media’s focus turned to his religion, Islam, and the country of his parents’ birth, Afghanistan. His US citizenship, (Mateen was born in New York and lived in Florida) was essentially wiped away. He is one of the few mass shooters… Read More

The Police Have Their Own Crimes to Answer For

CONTENT NOTE: This piece will include descriptions of police violence in some detail. by Shane Thomas In 2008, Sean Rigg – a black man suffering from mental illness – died in police custody. Yet it’s taken nearly eight years for the case to be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether the police… Read More

Watching the Detectives

by Jagdish Patel  The Monitoring Group has often been approached to support people who report police misconduct. Recently, we were approached by a young Jamaican woman from North London who had been beaten by a police officer in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her daughter had been sick since she was a newborn and she had… Read More

Strange Stains in Ferguson

by Maurice Mcleod Everyone knew it was coming. Politicians called for calm, police officers polished their armour, some black people held vigils and some white people bought guns. Yesterday a grand jury in Ferguson decided that Officer Darren Wilson had no case to answer after shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a Missouri… Read More

The Police Service should be legally challenged for institutional sexism

by Huma Munshi Many women and feminist campaigners will not be surprised by the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that 26% of rape and other sexual offences are not being recorded. This is amongst the 800,000 cases which are reported to the police but are “no-crimed”. It keeps the statistics low and creates… Read More

For #IWD2014, I Salute Doreen Lawrence

by Huma Munshi The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Change’. Doreen Lawrence has been a force for change.  Challenging the institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has invoked a cultural change within British society. And her fight for justice provides an important message for the feminist movement for liberation.… Read More

Tracking the Police

Aaron Sonson recently won a Human Rights Award, why? Because he is one of the Co – Founders of the Stop & Search Mobile App, created to bring fairness and transparency to the Stop & Search procedure. Winners of Liberty Human Rights Close to Home Award 2012 Human Rights “Close to Home” Award Aaron Sonson,… Read More