Hundreds of people have joined a protest against police brutality in Tottenham, almost exactly nine years on from the police killing of Mark Duggan.
Organised by youth organisation the 4Front Project, a crowd gathered outside the police station to put forward a list of demands calling for an end to the over-policing of Black communities.
Pictures and video from the scene show hundreds of people in the street in support of the demonstration, many of them holding Black Lives Matter signs and banners.
The protest comes in the immediate wake of accusations of police brutality during what has been termed by campaigners as a ‘raid’ on the 4Front Project’s office in north west London on Friday afternoon.
Four people aged between 14 and 25 were arrested at around 2pm but all were later released, the Met has confirmed.
According to 4Front’s director Temi Mwale – who was recently named an influential activist in British Vogue’s September issue – the situation on Friday escalated when campaigning staff asked why a 14-year-old boy was being arrested and for more information to pass on to his parents. Officers refused to engage, Mwale said.
A police vehicle left the 4Front Project office and a group of 30 to 40 people followed on foot to Coldindale Police Station, where they remained. All four were later released.
Colindale police posted on Twitter: “A youth on the Grahame Park estate was arrested today for being in possession of drugs. A youth project based on the estate took it upon themselves to try to obstruct police carrying out routine duty. Hence the ill feelings from young people towards usat [sic]...