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Priti Patel’s assertion that “police brutality in the United States is no excuse for the violence against our brave police officers at home” is laughable considering police brutality against Black people in the UK is very much alive

By Zainab Asunramu  

To be Black in this country is to feel real fear upon seeing Boris Johnson pledge to relax stop and search rules within 24 hours of being handed the keys to No. 10. It is to feel fear as the government plans to expand police powers and to arm more officers with tasers. Photo: PA Images

Brian Douglas, 1995. Joy Gardner, 1993. Leon Patterson, 1992. Christopher Alder, 1998. Roger Sylvester, 1999. Derek Bennett, 2001. Azelle Rodney, 2005. Mikey Powell, 2003. Ricky Bishop, 2001. Sean Rigg, 2009. Olaseni Lewis, 2010. Jimmy Mubenga, 2010. Mark Duggan, 2011. Smiley Culture, 2011. Kingsley Burrell, 2011. Jacob Michael, 2011. Leon Briggs, 2013. Julian Cole, 2013. Daniel Adewole, 2015. Jermaine Baker, 2015. Adrian Mcdonald, 2014. Sheku Bayoh, 2015. Dalian Atkinson, 2016. Mzee Mohammed, 2016. Nuno Cardoso, 2017. Rashan Charles, 2017. Sarah Reed, 2016. Edson Da Costa, 2017. Daren Cumberbatch, 2017. Trevor Smith, 2019.

These are the names of 30 Black…

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