When: April 10-12, 1981

Where: Brixton, United Kingdom

The Brixton Riots were a series of violent confrontations between police and protestors as a result of increased police presence in the community that was already tense due to being disproportionately affected by the economic recession. The Riots led to the Scarman report that confirmed what protestors had been agitating against; that there was unquestionably a disproportionate and indiscriminate use of stop and search laws still in place from the 1800s that were being used against Black people. This led to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 and the Police Complaints Authority in 1985 to attempt to rebuild faith for communities in the police.

Further Reading:

Baucom, Ian. Out Of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Mohdin, Aamna. “The Brixton Riots 40 Years ON: ‘A watershed moment for race relations’.” The Guardian, April 11, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/11/brixton-riots-40-years-on-a-watershed-moment-for-race-relations

Neal, Sarah. “The Scarman Report, the Macpherson Report and the Media: How Newspapers Respond to Race-centred Social Policy Interventions.” Journal of Social Policy 32, no. 1 (2003): 55-74.