The ironic thing is this article is about the British African-Caribbean (the equivalent of African American) population. I only pulled out a few singular words or a name that made the article uniquely British, such as "Britain or British, "tories" (political party)and "Theresa May", (the government official the original article is referencing). Other than that, the story is homogenous with the plight of African Americans, as well as the story of all other Blacks in every country across the globe. The link to the original article follows the excerpts.
"Over the last three months, I have been writing a short series of articles on some of the horrific deaths in police custody that have taken place..... in recent years and the fight for justice waged by the families of the victims and their supporters. Each story is unique, but there are certain similarities, depressingly familiar to those who have followed such cases over the years.
These include: the brutal use of force by police - even once victims are incapacitated; neglect of their victims when they are clearly in need of medical attention; omissions, lies and cover-ups over what actually happened; and an absolute refusal to administer justice by all the various state agencies tasked with doing so. All of it together amounts to one thing – the effective impunity of the..... police. And, no surprise,..... Asian and, particularly, African-[american] communities are bearing the brunt of it."
Government official "has even done something which none... perhaps even no government official...has apparently done before: ... 'admit that deaths occurring in custody is a problem, and that the families campaigning for justice have been denied it. Specifically, last month, she acknowledged the “pain and suffering of families still looking for answers, who have encountered not compassion and redress from the authorities, but what they feel as evasiveness and obstruction.' "
"Back in 2011,..... had ordered a review of the police’s use of stop and search, which, she subsequently pointed out, is “excessive and inappropriate” and disproportionately targeted at Black and Asian people. The review revealed that over a quarter of the million or so stop and searches conducted that year may have been carried out illegally."
'You know what some people call us,” she said, “The Nasty Party.” If they wanted to get reelected, she argued, they would have to “diversify” their support base – and with ........ current wafer-thin majority, this remains as true as ever. With almost two thirds of African-[american] seeing the police as systematic liars, taking on the police could be a smart electoral move - especially taking them on in the areas in which police racism most visibly manifests itself: stop and search, and deaths in custody."
"Yet just as violence and oppression is being ramped up abroad, so too at home. The combined reality of permanent mass unemployment and a benefits system unable to provide basic subsistence is leading to a growing underclass potentially drawn to revolt, and likely to be drawn into frequent contact with the police. The state’s response has been mass surveillance and, increasingly, mass incarceration.
Nevertheless, even as we recognize this, and without any illusions, we must use this moment to push for an end to police impunity: to insist on an end to all the institutional practices that allow the police to escape accountability and to demand murdering officers are prosecuted. Genuine community control is the only way to ensure this happens..."