Individual Cases of Insitutional Racism

Individual Cases

Terrell Decosta Jones-Burton – 15 year old school boy from Bermondsey, arrested 21st November 2017 – Black teenager who was seriously injured during police chase ‘mistaken for someone else’, says mother  – Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent, Tuesday 16 January 2018


Terrell was hospitalised with injuries including a split lip, lost teeth, broken jawbone, bruising on the brain and abdominal pain following the incident. The Police watchdog recently confirmed the person who committed the crime bore no resemblance to Terrell. The Labour Party condemns the disproportionate level of force/brutality used against him. A group of local rappers have demanded justice for Terrell and have a petition

Nuno Cardoso – 25 year old Oxford University law student died on 24 November 2017 – Investigation launched after law student dies in police custody:

Mother of 25-year-old who grew up in Kentish Town calls for relations between police and young black men – Camden New Journal Tom Foot, 07 December, 2017 E9DFEB9C-3967-4E87-8E99-685EC33B4937

A young black law student died after falling ill in police custody. He suffered what has been described by officers as a “medical episode” after his arrest. His family say he had no known health conditions other than a milk allergy.

Lewis and Asher Johnson – brothers in their 20s, Ilford, jailed Nov 2012 – ‘Miscarriage of justice’: Brothers jailed for murder despite CCTV proving they weren’t even there –, Published: 25 Oct, 2017. Edited: 26 Oct, 2017

Two brothers, both in their 20s, jailed for murder are victims of a grave miscarriage of justice.

img_0833-2Asher and Lewis Johnson were each sentenced to a minimum of 16 1/2 years for the murder of Thomas Cudjoe, 29 stabbed to death by Jerome Green, in Ilford, in November 2012. The brothers were jailed under joint enterprise law. They never touched the murder weapon and left the scene before the fatal stabbing took place. “You don’t how unfair the justice system is until you’re involved in it,” their mother told RT.

Photo: Lewis & Asher Johnson © Gillian Hyatt

Andrew Okorodudu – 47 year old, Camden, arrested Feb 2016 – Police violently arrested an innocent black man while the white suspect they were supposed to catch escaped, a watchdog has foundOwen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent, The Guardian.

Andrew was talking with friends in Camden when he was “grabbed” by non-uniformed police officers, thrown to the ground and handcuffed in February 2016.

An internal investigation by the Metropolitan Police concluded that the arrest had been reasonable and no misconduct proceedings were necessary. This finding was recently overruled by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The IOPC said the four officers should face disciplinary action, their actions could be tantamount to gross misconduct. The incident could have amounted to common assault. But the statutory time limit for bringing a criminal prosecution against officers had passed.

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