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Contributor: Victor Amokeodo


The death in police custody of Wayne Douglas provokes this editorial. In the aftermath of the riots that followed, politicians and mainstream newspapers fell over each other to condemn the rioting. Hardly did they mention the real issue - the death of yet another Black man at the hands of the police. The police?s version of events was unquestioningly accepted. Not that there is another side to be heard. Mr Douglas is not here to defend himself - Just like Shiji Lapite was not. If Mr Douglas was thieving, then he deserved to be arrested. But his death is significant to the Black community because it is almost certainly indicative of the manner in which the police treat Black people, criminals and non- criminals alike. Yesterday it was Shiji Lapite, today it is Wayne Douglas and tomorrow it could be you.
Police Commissioner Paul Condon said: ?It wasn?t Brixton that rioted, just a small minority of thugs and criminals?. Again, as he is wont to do, he reached his conclusion without proper statistics. A small minority of thugs and criminals? I am neither a thug nor a criminal but I was with the rioters. I was with them in spirit because it appears that the ill-treatment of Black people is only addressed when it results in some kind of social unrest. I long for the day when this ceases to be the case.
Apologies for the delay in the producing the 5th issue. In this issue, we ask what we believe are questions which our readers would like to ask probably the most influential Black man in Britain - Bill Morris. As usual, we leave readers to make their judgements about the man based upon his response to our questions. We also have a special report on the gangland truce in LA. While our readers may enjoy the story, they must not forget the importance of this truce to the existence of America?s African community.
 
 
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