The following open letter was sent by this group to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner on 20th April 2020. Dear Mark Burns-Williamson, We are a group of citizens and activists concerned about the unequal and unjust impact of COVID-19 emergency police powers. We therefore write this open letter to ask what actions you … Continue reading An open letter concerning Covid-19 and policing in Black and Brown communities
The discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese people in the back of a lorry Essex lorry deaths sent shock waves across the country hitting headlines for weeks. It highlighted the extreme lengths that people have been taking, looking for safety and sanctuary in the UK. Scenarios like these have been seen and repeated innumerable times across … Continue reading Is the police a border force?
STOP the SCANdal Police have recently undertaken a national rollout of mobile fingerprint scanners linked to Home Office immigration databases, after a pilot in West Yorkshire. These scanners now allow officers to take someone’s fingerprints any time they ‘suspect’ an offence has been committed and they doubt the person’s identity. Mirroring racist Stop and Search, … Continue reading What’s happening?