Police


From muggers to gangs: It’s the same (police) story

9 August 2018 Patrick Williams argues that blaming 'gangs' for social problems further divides communities and fails to tackle the root causes of violence.

How the criminal justice system targets BAME children

4 July 2018 From stop-and-search powers to sentencing decisions, BAME youth face a criminal justice system rigged against them by structural racism. Annahita Moradi

Abandoned by the state: How the police fail survivors of sexual assault

20 June 2018 The police drop so many cases that experts say rape has effectively been ‘decriminalised’ - and that's before we talk about SpyCop abusers. By Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The police are not here to protect you

17 October 2017 The police spend little of their time making arrests, and most crimes are not solved, writes Alex Vitale – their real purpose is social control

Secrets and spies of Scotland Yard

23 March 2017 A new Espionage Act threatens whistleblowers and journalists, writes Sarah Kavanagh

Black Lives Matter: crisis shutdown

28 October 2016 Kojo Kyerewaa introduces Black Lives Matter UK

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters

25 November 2014 Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Blair Peach: Blood on the streets

12 November 2014 David Renton recalls the events in Southall in 1979 at which the anti-fascist demonstrator, Blair Peach, was murdered by police

My spy

1 October 2014 Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

How the cops try to predict our next move

16 November 2013 As civil dissent ramps up, UK secret police discover new modes of repression. Kevin Blowe reports on cops, ‘kettles’ and a database profiling thousands of activists

Untouchables: a different way to make sense of Leveson

3 December 2012 Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard, by Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn, reviewed by Kevin Blowe

The Olympics’ security legacy

27 July 2012 Hosting the Olympics could have a serious impact on the civil liberties of people in east London, writes local resident and community activist Kevin Blowe

From kettles to courtrooms: The police crackdown on protest

25 March 2012 Nina Power explores the significance of the new policing regime facing protesters

Unfair cops: it’s not about ‘bad apples’

7 December 2011 After the News of the World scandal and the death of Mark Duggan, Val Swain asks ‘who will police the police?’

For the record: what the police will know about you

7 March 2011 Val Swain looks at how the police are set to grab even more 'intelligence' data

Policing the police

31 August 2009 The police are no more our servants than corporations or the media. Kevin Blowe examines how the government's increasingly authoritarian approach to crime and security has enabled the police to emerge from a series of scandals and controversies with their powers enhanced. He argues that campaigners need to radically rethink their approach to policing in Britain

From Orgreave to the City

12 June 2009 Police brutality during public disturbances is nothing new. Neither is the tendency of the mainstream media to repeat police claims of provocation by demonstrators uncritically. Rhian Jones sketches the recent history, highlighting what is distinctive about the situation today

Off the ball

12 June 2009 Ordinary football fans are often the victims of the sort of policing that hit the headlines in the G20 protests. Steve Powell from the Football Supporters' Federation calls foul on the abuse of police powers

Stop and search under the Terrorism Act

3 June 2009 The Terrorism Act of 2000 dramatically increased police powers to stop and search. David Mery gives the lowdown

Give it arrest

24 May 2009 Tariq Mehmood tells how he suffered at the hands of police stop and search

Watching the watchers

24 May 2009 How does the argument go again - it's only those with something to hide who object to increasing surveillance? So the same applies to 'sousveillance', doesn't it, and turning the came ras on those who normally do the surveillance? By Clare Coatman

A fair cop: the police and the public

24 May 2009 Our special feature, to be continued in future issues and on our website, looks at policing - and policing the police - in modern Britain

FIT for purpose?

1 December 2008 SchNEWS swings a long lens towards state surveillance