Black History Month Event: Remembering Cherry Groce & Cynthia Jarrett – 30 Years On

Date: Saturday 3rd October
Time: 5:30pm – 9pm
Venue: We are 336, 336 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AA
Cost: FREE
Registration Website: EventBrite

Video of Cherry Groce’s son talking about the police wrongful shooting:

Join the family of Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, for the 30th commemoration of her wrongful shooting by the Metropolitan Police which led to the infamous 1985 Brixton uprisings. We will also reflect on the police violence that led to Cynthia Jarrett’s death and the Broadwater Farm uprisings a week after Cherry Groce’s shooting.

What happened in 1985? Why did the Police shoot an innocent mother in front of her children, youngest being 8 years old? How did the community defend and rebuild itself after the uprisings?

Come and participate in this commemorative event that will discuss the past, present and future of communities fighting for justice and peace in Brixton and Tottenham.

This will also be the launch of a new justice campaign for the family of Cherry Groce and also form the start of an oral history project which is open to young people aged between 14 and 25 years old. Contact LCAPSV for more details.

Speakers and performers include:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Poet
  • Akala – Rapper & Poet
  • Stafford Scott – Tottenham Rights campaigner
  • Devon Thompson – Community Leader
  • Lara Lee – Poet
  • Lorna G – Singer
  • Lee Lawrence – Son of Cherry Groce & founder of Cherry Groce Foundation

Discussions chaired by: Kwaku, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Kojo

This is a free event light snacks will also be provided.

To attend this event you must register as spaces are limited

Our Update on the Metropolitan Police Shooting at Tilson Gardens, Lambeth

Two weeks ago, on Friday 21st August, armed officers from the Metropolitan Police’s SO19 unit shot a man at Tilson House, part of the Clapham Park Estate in Lambeth. The man, who has not been named, is in hospital in a stable condition. We hope for his full and speedy recovery. We also hope that he and his family get all the support they need during this time, to ensure the truth of what happened comes out.

This shooting took place 10 years after the killing of Azelle Rodney in Mill Hill, and the killing of Jean Charles De Menezes in Stockwell. It has been 4 years after the killing of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, and 2 years since the non-fatal shooting of an Ghanaian-British man in Forest Hill, South London. In all cases there was not a clear threat to anyone’s life, this statement shows once again that the need for lethal force is grossly ambiguous and unclear.

Our two core concerns are:

The IPCC is delaying the release of the body camera video of officers involved in the shooting.

This needs to be made available now. There has been no clear reason for the shooting. The police have given no justification for why potentially lethal force was used.

So far the only information available to us comes from short statements from the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), and remarks made at a public meeting last week which LCAPSV members attended. As well as the police and the IPCC, this meeting was also addressed by a representative of the housing association Metropolitan Housing, which is the landlord of the estate – and therefore of the victim, who lived on the estate. We are also grateful to Black Dissidents who also shared with us information that they have gathered.

Previous experience shows that the police cannot be trusted in to provide accurate information especially in relation to incidents of this kind. Similiarly prior experience also shows that the IPCC is not willing to properly challenge the police. Journalists have highlighted its tendency to simply rehash the narratives of the police, and campaigners have called for it to be scrapped. This Freedom of Information request from 2013 shows that the IPCC Director of Investigations, and seven out of eight Senior Investigators, are all former police officers. The “Independent” Police Complaints Commission is the police investigating themselves under another name.

We outline here the statements that we have gained from public meetings and briefing documents released by the Met. We do not automatically accept the detail below to be accurate or a fair representation of events for reasons stated above. We also detail the questions that we are still pursuing for answers.

The Landlord’s Public Statements on the Shooting

According to Metropolitan Housing, the victim lived in a flat in Tilson House. For some reason which they did not reveal, they decided to evict him from his home. They got a court order to do this, and evicted him with bailiffs some time before the day of the shooting. It is believed that because he had nowhere else to go, he went back in to his home after he had been evicted. Metropolitan Housing claims they don’t know how he got back in to his home.

When Metropolitan Housing received information that he was back inside his home, their staff members came round to the flat on the 21st August, accompanied by ordinary, unarmed police officers. Although it was reported in initial police statements that this visit was supposed to be an “eviction”, the Metropolitan Housing representative told last week’s public meeting that it was not an eviction as the eviction had happened previously.

Our Questions to the Landlord Metropolitan Housing

1) We know that the visit on the 21st August was not an eviction under LASPO Act 2012, as Section 144 Clause 2, as it states that a former resident occupying the residence has not committed a criminal squatting offence. So why did the Police accompany your housing officer and on what criminal grounds?

2) If Metropolitan Housing knew the man had nowhere else to go, did the Housing Association referred him to Lambeth Council, given that they were making him homeless?

The Metropolitan Police & IPCC Sanctioned Account of the Shooting

The initial police statement said that the man “emerged from a room” and the police had to withdraw and call armed police for back up. Why would ’emerging from a room’ constitute a threat that required armed police? According to the IPCC representatives, “a [hand]gun was sighted.” It was this gun, allegedly, which caused the unarmed police retreat and call the armed police.

After what the IPCC called a “seige situation” lasting around seven hours, the man was shot outside the flat, and seriously injured. The police and IPCC say that they found a “non-police firearm” after the shooting.

Our Questions to The Metropolitan Police & The IPCC

3) Scotland Yard told the press that this happened during a “pre-planned eviction”. The landlord said this was not the case. So if it wasn’t pre-planned what criminal law was the basis of the initial police visit?

4) Did the man threaten to use the gun? Where was this alleged “gun” sighted in the flat and where was it in relation to the former resident?

5) One local resident whose garden backs on to Tilson House told the public meeting that he heard 3 shots fired. Were all those shots fired by police officers?

6) The IPCC have stated that some of the police involved were wearing bodycams. This footage must be made public. When will the IPCC release the footage from these cameras?

Media Coverage and Myths

Once again there were media reports implying that there was a threat to life which was later unconfirmed but left open to linger as a possibility. Calling the stand-off a “siege” implies there was threat to life, but the IPCC would not confirm that the non-issued gun was on the suspect’s person or near the suspect at the time of the shooting.

The media claim that the man shot had “broken into the flat” and was being “evicted” is false. We now believe from information gathered via Black Dissidents that the person was a former tenant and entered the flat using the keys that they had since being a tenant. Neither was he being evicted which has now been confirmed by Metropolitan Housing.

Our Conclusion

We cannot accept London residents being shot by the Metropolitan Police for “refusing to be evicted”. The family and the public need answers. In the search for that, we will campaign and take to the streets if necessary, because without justice there can be no peace.

London Campaign Against Police & State Violence

Upcoming Events: Brixton Splash Cop Watch & Summer Social



BRIXTON SPLASH COP WATCH – Sunday 2nd August – All Day

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Brixton Splash is a free street party held every year in Brixton with music food and market stalls.  Around 20,000 people are expected to attend and unfortunately where working class people go (especially black working class people), the police will follow. Every year we witness police harassing young people from the local community as part of deliberate campaigns of aggression and intimidation.

London Campaign Against Police & State Violence are organising a Cop Watch (Community Monitoring of the Metropolitan Police) at Brixton Splash, this Sunday.
If you would like to get involved and learn how to monitor the police, then please e-mail



LCAPSV, Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth and Football Beyond Borders Summer Social – Sunday 9th August, 2pm – 7pm

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As part of our Lunch Club, we are once again working with Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth and now also with Football Beyond Borders to host our Summer Social.

This time we are in Brixton for a bigger event – as always free food and fun but also now with an additional BBQ and a football tournament to celebrate our collective efforts and successes so far.

All are welcome to play, laugh, eat and drink with us in a family friendly atmosphere

This Saturday – Justice for Ricky Bishop March and Rally


Date: Saturday 22nd November 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 3pm
Location: outside Brixton Library, Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1JQ
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March from Windrush Square to Brixton Police Station

Join Doreen Bishop, InPDUM and more to commemorate and demand Justice for Ricky Bishop, who died in custody at Brixton Police Station in 2001.

On the afternoon of Thursday 22nd November 2001, Ricky Bishop, a 25 year old man of African-Caribbean heritage, was arrested in whilst in a car and taken to Brixton Station. His mother, Doreen was informed several hours later that he was in hospital. Shortly after she arrived she was told that he had died. He had unexplained injuries to his mouth, wrists and legs.

The police issued a what the family describe as a misleading press release about the circumstances surrounding Ricky Bishop’s death. They also held grave concerns that they were not informed about the contents of the press release before it was issued.

An inquest was held but the family complain that vital evidence was withheld and the injuries on Ricky’s body have never been explained.

More details at 4WardEver

Called by International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM)

Supporting a victim of police brutality – update on D’s case

D, a black man assaulted by police in Brixton in June this year, appeared in court for a case management hearing on Tuesday 2 September. His supporters and members of LCAPSV maintained a presence in the public gallery and outside the court throughout the proceedings. D’s case has been scheduled for 5 January, and we will be there to stand in solidarity with him as he faces charges of obstruction of a police officer.

Please join this Facebook event, and share.

Support a Black Man whose ribs were cracked by Territorial Support Group


Tuesday 2nd September 2014, 09.30am

Inner London Crown Court
Newington Causeway
nearest stations: Elephant & Castle, Borough

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On Monday 23rd June 2014, D, a black man from Brixton, was assaulted by police officers from the Territorial Support Group. The officers had seen D stop his car moments earlier to speak to his Uncle, and chose to interpret this chance family encounter as something sinister. In the course of a “search” they attacked D and his cousin, a passenger in the car, kicking D multiple times when he had already voluntarily gone to the floor and put his hands out to be cuffed. D was arrested, strip searched, and held in Brixton police station for almost 24 hours. The police attack left him with bruises and a cracked rib. (More details here)

When the police were unable to find anything illegal on D that could possibly justify the search, let alone their violent attack, they charged him with assault on a police officer. This has now been reduced to “obstructing a constable during a drug search,” a lesser charge but one which still carries a possible unlimited fine and 2 years of imprisonment.

D would greatly appreciate your support at his next case management hearing, at Inner London Crown Court on 2nd September at 9.30am. We will meet outside the court with banners, and will be present in the public gallery during the hearing. We must let the police and Crown Prosecution Service know that we are watching them in D’s case, and in every other instance of police brutality in London!

A Victim of Brixton Police Brutality Needs Support


Tuesday 22nd July, 9:30

Inner London Crown Court
Sessions House
Newington Causeway


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.


Report from the last hearing:

Stop and Search Training in Brixton


Sunday 15th June, 2pm – 4pm – at Unit 8, Warwick House, Overton Rd, London SW9 7JP.
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Saturday 28th June, 2pm – 4pm at Lambeth UNISON, 6A Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5SG

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Have you or someone you know been stopped and searched by the Police?
Want to know what your rights are and how you challenge unlawful behaviour by police officers?

London Campaign Against Police and State Violence are offering experience and training on what to do and what your rights are on stop and search. A recent study by Police Inspectorate showed that 25% of stop and searches carried out were unlawful.

Two years ago this arrest with sickening force was filmed in Brixton, we want to stop aggressive and unlawful checks from being carried out.

LCAPSV wants to reduce the abuse of Stop & Search in Brixton and will be organising police monitoring groups in the near future. If you want to get involved, want to be able to spot unlawful police behaviour or just want to know what to do when you or a friend is stopped by the police. This training will help.

We will be offering refreshments but spaces are limited so please confirm your attendance by contacting us here,  on Facebook or email