LAUNCHED 3 JULY 2020
Police forces in Britain insist they are listening to the concerns of the global Black Lives Matter movement, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota in the US on 25 May.
However, it has been young Black people who are more likely to face arrest at large, spontaneous multi-ethnic demonstrations in towns and cities around the country.
Netpol and the legal support groups that make up our coalition, continue to gather extensive evidence of the way police tactics have been used to disrupt and deter Black Lives Matter campaigners.
Now we plan to compile this information, with context and analysis, into a comprehensive report that can support the Black Lives Matter campaigners to defend their right to protest.
If you have attended Black Lives Matter protests anywhere in Britain and experienced any of the following during or in the immediate aftermath, we want to hear from you:
- Racist policing, including language or racial profiling
- Random or unclear use of stop & search powers
- Kettling protesters, particularly refusing to allow particular demographics out of a kettle
- Police using section 50 of the Police Reform Act to demand details from protesters
- Snatching any prominent individuals targeted for arrest from crowds
- Excessive force used making arrests
- Using aggressive behaviour such as pushing protesters around
- Mistreatment or targeting of disabled, Black, Asian or other minority or LGBTQ+ protesters;
- Other issues of concern you may have about the conduct of police officers.
You can share your evidence and testimony by writing a statement and securely emailing it to NetpolAdmin@protonmail.com by 10th August 2020 at the latest.
By sharing your evidence and testimony with us, you give consent for Netpol to publish it, although we will maintain your confidentiality and will not share your name publicly. You also give consent for Netpol to share your statement with Black Lives Matter defendants, their solicitors and court support groups who may get in touch with you if it could be used in their defence. If you want your name removed from your statement, let us know.
How to write your statement
The statement does not have to sound like a legal or court statement but should be an account of what happened to you:
- Who was involved in the incident?
- Where and when did it happen?
- How long did it take?
- What exactly did the police do, and how did that make you feel?
- Did it have any consequences for you so far?
- Are there any pictures or is there footage of what happened?
Please share this call-out widely. If you can, donate whatever you can afford to support the report.