41. UK: When the police are the harm, not the cure
Many of us grew up being told that even though there were bad guys in the world, you could feel safe because the police were there to deal with them and keep you safe. But this episode hears from someone who had to contend early with the realisation that police saw her community not as deserving of protection, but as the source of problems. In communities where there is already too much traumatizing violence, a heavy-handed police response frequently increases the harm. A report last year from an organization that supports bereaved families said black people are seven times more likely than white people to die following restraint by police. And according to the British campaigning organisation, 4Front, 193 teenagers died at the hands of London police between 2009 and 2019. 4Front’s Executive Director Temi Mwale describes her harsh awakening to this reality and urgent search – across continents – for tools and strategies to respond, and reflects on activists’ efforts to hold police to account.