[Author’s Note: This blog is a little longer than those I usually write, but the subject matter seemed too important to make it any shorter.]
Last Thursday evening in north London, the police were called to reports of a fight in the street. On arriving at the scene, officers identified a man who matched the description of one of those involved and, as they struggled to detain him, one of the officers placed his knee against the man’s head and neck.
The police officer was white. The man he was arresting was black.
While the man sustained only minor injuries during the encounter, footage of the incident carried unsettling echoes of the killing of George Floyd in America. It quickly went viral.
The man, who was wanted on recall to prison, was later charged with possession of a knife. The officer was suspended from duty and the incident referred by the Met to the Independent Office for Police Complaints.
On Thursday night, I watched my social media feed with apprehension, fearing what might happen next.
London feels like a tinderbox at the moment....
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