Hackney meeting this Thursday will explore policing after last summer’s riots

A meeting in Homerton on Thursday (September 6) will explore policing after last summer’s riots.

A collaborative report published in July by the Guardian and the London School of Economics (LSE), Reading the Riots, revealed police use of stop and search powers is a real cause of resentment among young people in Hackney, particularly young black men.

Many of them described it as something the police use to bully and harass them as they are going about their day today lives.

Hackney Council’s Community Safety and Social Inclusion Committee asked the police to look into this at a meeting last September and the police will now report back on September 11.

Organised by the Stop and Search Legal Project along with the Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth campaign, speakers at tonight’s meeting include journalist and anti-racist campaigner Gary McFarlane along with young people who claim they are the victims of police harassment in Hackney.

It takes place at 7pm in Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk and will be filmed by independent documentary maker Isis Thompson.