Stop & Search Legal Project (SSLP) is organising a public meeting alongside Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth (SCHY), 7PM, 6th September, Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DF.
As the Guardian and LSE’s collaborative report ‘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 whom 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 about this at a meeting in September 2011 and invited them to look into it and report back to them one year later. We are now approaching that one year deadline and the Council Committee are due to hear from the police at a meeting on 11th September. We want them to hear from the community too, hence the public meeting.
The meeting will be filmed by independent documentary maker Isis Thompson.
Chair: Ava Vidal, comedian, writer, patron of SSLP
Sheun Abiola, young person from Hackney CVS Stop & Search Monitoring Group
Young person from YH World
Sophie Khan, lawyer, Stop & Search Legal Project & Director, Police Action Centre
Gary McFarlane, Journalist & Tottenham Defence Campaigner