Join the final LCAPSV events of 2015

We will be ending the year with two final events to mark the end of 2015:

CANDYMAN AT FRUITVALE FILM CLUB

Sunday 27th December, 3pm at The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London SE14 5HD
Fruitvale Film Club presents CandyMan – made in 1992, it is about the ghost of a lynched Black man who takes revenge on anyone who calls him by his name. Join us in (re)discovering the film in a friendly atmosphere.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031749636864894/

BRIXTON PRISON DEMO: MAKE SOME NOISE

Friday 31st December, 6pm
HMP Brixton

HOSTED BY:
– London Campaign Against Police Violence
– Defend the Right to Protest
– NUS Black Students
– Black Dissidents
– Community Action on Prison Expansion

Noise demos outside of prisons are a continuing tradition across the world. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that. It is time to imagine a world without incarceration, without detention, without racism and injustice.

The proportion of people of African-Caribbean and African descent incarcerated here is almost seven times greater to their share of the population. In the United States, the proportion of black prisoners to population is about four times greater.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650029808594377/

In North London there will be a demo at 8pm Pentonville Prison and 9.30pm at Holloway Prison https://www.facebook.com/events/483674028483728/

Hope to see you there!

“Officer there is no need for this!”

Content Note: Video footage of an aggressive arrest on a man of South Asian heritage

On Sunday 19th December, a young man of South Asian heritage is accosted by Thames Valley Police in the Buckinghamshire area.

The Police asked for his details, he was under no legal obligation to provide it unless he was driving a car. Apparently the Police forcefully and perhaps unnecessarily put him on the ground to arrest him and claimed that his refusal to identify himself was the reason for the arrest, on these facts alone, we believe this arrest is unlawful. We post the video, purely for the audio as the footage is poor and will support any further action the man decided to take against Thames Valley Police.

Watch for yourself and share this video.

Jermaine Baker Meeting Tonight

By Stafford Scott

Following the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker and with the subsequent on going homicide investigation by the IPCC, the Peace Alliance and Tottenham Rights will be hosting a community meeting to address any emerging community concerns.

This will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday 17th December 2015 at the Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach, London, N15 4RY.

The IPCC will be in attendance along with Haringey Council and the Metropolitan Police. The local MPs have been invited and will most likely be In attendance. The solicitors for Jermaine Baker’s family will be attending  and continue to urge that the media respect the wishes of the family for privacy.

Join our end of year social

This Sunday, come and join London Campaign Against Police & State Violence for end of year drinks and refreshments!

Date & Time: Sunday 13th December, 3pm – 7pm
Location: Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/196162920722876/

All newcomers will be offered a free beverage of their choice and have an opportunity to speak with our activists and organisers.

Throughout the year, LCAPSV has continued to support several individuals who faced bogus charges of police obstruction and assaulting a Police Officer, in all of these cases they resulted in those charges being either dropped or acquitted.

We have also worked with others to lead a campaign against Operation Shield, a police pilot enabling the police to evict families from social housing on the basis of suspicion of criminal activity. Two councils since have officially claimed to have pulled out, read about that here

In May, we worked with Defend the Right to Protest and NUS Black Students Campaign to hold a vigil for Julian Cole and Freddie Gray

Below is a video from the vigil:

In August, we ran our Brixton Splash Cop Watch for the second year with volunteers and monitored police activity.

In October, we worked with Cherry Groce’s family to hold a memorial event for the 30th anniversary of her shooting and our members exposed that zero complaints about police racism were upheld over the last 12 months.

We have also worked to run lunch clubs with Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth and now our own Fruitvale Film clubs at the Field in New Cross

2016 will come with more challenges not least due to the new powers to search drivers for immigration status under the Government’s Immigration Bill 2015-16.

We hope you can join us to reflect over the year and look towards the new one!

Abolition or Reform? Dismantling Criminal Justice

Below is LCAPSV’s introductory text for Reclaim Justice Network’s event: Abolition or Reform? Dismantling Criminal Justice, which is next Thursday, 6:30pm at University College London. More details here: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/event-abolition-or-reform-dismantling-criminal-justice-19-november-2015/

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London Campaign Against Police & State Violence came together after our Chair, Steffney’s son had been Tasered, sprayed with CS gas and severely beaten for being black while in a public phone-box. Steffney made a call for a community response and people gathered to support her son’s appearance at a South London police station, as he faced charges. Eventually he was acquitted of all charges against him.

Her son’s case was a familiar one, predominately young black men being harassed, assaulted, even killed by police officers. Only for the victim of police brutality to be charged as if they were the aggressor.

We are interested in criminal justice because it directly affects us, black people are disproportionately represented at every level. This is inseparable from structural racism in housing, health, employment, education and more. Today we live in a society in which black people are the most likely to be expelled from school, become unemployed, stop and searched, Tasered, stripped-searched by police, prison staff and airport immigration, convicted and receive the harshest sentences including imprisonment.

We deem these outcomes not just as class oppression but also as white British supremacist, where white British people are at the top of a social hierarchy and the black is at the bottom. The governing structures that produce these outcomes are founded upon racialised laws and enforcement, exemplified particularly by drug laws. By racialised, we mean that power is constructed in a way that makes black life and particularly black Muslim life at the moment, targeted as suspect. It is not hoodies, nor the music that we create that criminalises us, to be black is to be regarded criminal by default.

We are for reform in the short-term and radical change in the long term, but if we eliminated these racial biases in the system, we would still be campaigning. We do not seek an equality of violence within the criminal justice system. We want to end the violence that it creates and perpetuates.

November Update: Conferences, Workshops and Film Club

 

Below is a list of upcoming events that we either involved in or being organised by supporters of LCAPSV

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Date: Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th November, 9am – 5pm
Location:
Wac Arts
Hampstead Town Hall Centre,
213 Haverstock Hill,
​London NW3 4QP

Global Women’s Strike conference, CARING, SURVIVAL AND JUSTICE
​VS. THE TYRANNY OF THE MARKET. Speakers include Reni Eddo-Lodge and Canadian organisers of Black Lives Matter movement.

Link: http://gwsconf15.weebly.com/

DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST CONFERENCE

DATE: Sunday 15th November 11am – 5pm
SOAS Students’ Union, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

A day of workshops to discuss, organise and build solidarity against state violence, injustice, and the criminalisation of protest. LCAPSV will be there discussing policing in communities.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1700814696831339/

ABOLITION OR REFORM? DISMANTLING CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Thursday 19th November, 6.30pm – 9pm
Woborn Suite, UCL, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU

Reclaim Criminal Justice event including a speaker from LCAPSV. More details: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/event-abolition-or-reform-dismantling-criminal-justice-19-november-2015/

FB https://www.facebook.com/events/929656673749374/

NO BORDERS NO BIGOTS

Date: Saturday 21st November, 1pm
Location: Home Office London, SW1P 4DF

Organised by Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants.
Migrants in the UK and at our borders are facing increasing attacks by the government and by the media. The government will soon be passing an Immigration Bill that will prevent migrants from accessing housing and criminalise migrant workers.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499371540357358/

BLACK LIVES MATTER: SOLIDARITY WITH SHEKU BAYOH AT GOLDSMITHS

Date: Thursday 26th November
Location: Goldsmiths Students’ Union, SE14 6NW

Further details to follow.

SISTERS UNCUT MASS ACTION

Date: Saturday 28th November, 12pm
Location: Central London, TBC

JOIN SISTERS UNCUT to resist lethal cuts to domestic violence services. DETAILS to be confirmed, but for now SAVE THE DATE!! We want to make this action as big and beautiful as possible.

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390062737959697/

LCAPSV STOP & SEARCH WORKSHOP

Date: Sunday 29th November, 2pm
Location: The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London, SE14 5HD

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1617909318463936/

FRUITVALE FILM CLUB: “SCREENING OF PRESSURE”

Date: Sunday 29th November, 3pm
Location: The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London SE14 5HD

LCAPSV hosts a monthly free film screening at “The Field” in New Cross, to provide a space where it is possible to enjoy an interesting movie but also to share and discuss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harassment. This could include intrusions such as constant stop and search, or physical violence, or the everyday stress of being made to feel you somehow have to account for yourself and your experiences of racism.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/625034454305022/

That’s it!

 

Our new monthly event: Fruitvale Film Club @ The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross Gate

ffc

Date: Sunday 25th October
Time: 3pm
Location: The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14 5HD
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/510175549149361/

We are putting on a monthly free film screening at “The Field” in New Cross, to provide a space where it is possible to share and discuss experiences of police and state brutality. This could include mental harassment through – for example – constant stop and search, or physical violence.

Anyone and everyone is welcome at this event.

This month, to kick off, we will be showing Fruitvale Station which depicts in moving and shocking detail, the last day on the planet of Oscar Grant (played by Wire star Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old son, friend, partner and father of one little girl, who was shot dead, unarmed, by subway police at Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

F.F.C. takes place at “The Field” in New Cross on the last Sunday of every month at 3pm and will last a few hours.

Trailer for Fruitvale Station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceVVVils8z4

For more details contact us

Our full comment on Black People being Tasered: the police are a racist power structure

On Tuesday’s online edition of The Guardian, we were quoted on this story: Black people ‘three times more likely’ to be Tasered

We produce our full unedited comment here in full:

What is it about England’s 43 police forces that their officers are three times more likely to use tasers on Black people than white people?
Put this violence in a context where in Britain today, Black people are more likely to be stopped and searched, arrested, charged and sent to prison than white people.  It is clear, that 16 years after the Macpherson report, the police and the criminal justice system still have a problem with black people.
Nor is there any recourse for black people, as our research showed that over last year when Black people did complain to the Metropolitan Police about racial discrimination, zero complaints were upheld. While publicly displayed racist attitudes are seen as less acceptable, systemic racist outcomes are continued to be pursued without accountability.
It’s also important to remember that police usage of tasers in England have caused a number of fatalities [1, 2], which means the police are disproportionately targeting black people with potentially lethal force.
This racial bias cannot be blamed on individual rotten apples, the consistency of disproportionate racist outcomes means that the entire barrel is suspect. Even the head of Metropolitan Black Police officers Association last year stated that she believed the police are “institutionally racist”. It appears that only people who don’t believe the police are a racist power structure, are white police officers.
We need radical structural reform of the police and the criminal justice system, not merely tough talking against officers using racial slurs. Many members of the black community has little faith that the police can be anything other than racist, this is further evidence to that.
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ACQUITTED: Falsely Accused Black Woman found not guilty of assaulting a PC

On Monday, a few LCAPSV supporters went to Stratford Magistrates Court to support, “K”, a young professional black woman who was falsely accused of assaulting a police officer who was questioning her about a road traffic incident that she was involved in.

The evidence against K was flimsy and we believe the charge by the officer to be a malicious prosecution which may have been racially motivated.

K is very relieved and grateful for all the support LCAPSV has provided and is considering her legal options.

If you know anyone who has may have been maliciously prosecuted or victimised by the police then please get in touch.

Metropolitan Police not racist (says Metropolitan Police)

The Guardian today published an article indicating that between April 2014 and March 2015 the Metropolitan Police faced 245 complaints of racial discrimination, and found no case to answer for any of them. This means that in none of those cases did the investigating officer think that his/her accused colleague had acted in an inappropriate manner. Even in the case of the three officers from Greenwich, and the two from Lewisham, who had four complaints of racial discrimination made against them in a single year alone, no disciplinary action has taken place.

This article was based on an investigation carried out by the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence. We were appalled – but not surprised – by this data, and do not expect anybody else to be. We knew what we would find before we even started. This is because, under the current system of police oversight, local forces are allowed – indeed expected – to investigate themselves. In the few cases where the IPCC are involved in the investigation, they generally play a hand’s-off role, supervising or managing local investigations, rather than undertaking them themselves. In any case, we know we can expect little from the IPCC when they are overwhelmingly staffed with former police officers. This is not a situation that can ever lead to justice or transparency.

Not mentioned in the Guardian article are the results of complaints about other forms of discrimination: based on religion, gender, sexuality, mental health, age, disability. Though the dataset is more limited (fewer people made complaints according to these categories), the outcome of these complaints makes for equally bleak reading. In one sole instance across all these categories has any officer been found to have a case to answer (mental health, Kensington and Chelsea). And even in this single case, the Metropolitan Police admit that no action was taken against the officer in question.

We think that the Metropolitan Police now have urgent and unavoidable questions to answer about the integrity and purpose of their complaints process. Given the likelihood of action being taken in response to complaints of discrimination is next to nothing, who is the complaints system serving? Given we don’t allow criminals to investigate themselves for crimes of which they are accused, why should we allow police to investigate themselves? Given even senior officers in the force admit the police as a whole is institutionally racist, how are they possibly best qualified to judge themselves on this question? Why, then, do we continue allow the police to investigate themselves? It is time that we take the powers of investigation out of their hands, and put it back in the hands of the communities that are most effected by the rotten system of more or less explicit racism, violence, and state endorsed coercion that the police preside over.

You can find the full data and breakdown here:

Discrimination Complaints Mar14-Feb15