The growing use of Tasers by Britain’s police forces is a sign of increased state violence and authoritarianism – those at the front line, once again, will be marginalised communities.
The riots of August 2011 occurred against a backdrop of deprivation, alienation and police violence. A decade on, little has changed in the communities set ablaze.
On this day in 1987, Bernie Grant was elected as one of Britain’s first black MPs. He spent his career dedicated to the trade unionism and racial justice – and changed the political landscape of the country for good.
A decade ago, mayor Boris Johnson responded to the London Riots by encouraging police authoritarianism and criminalising the city’s youth en masse – as prime minister, he is following a familiar pattern.