The Metropolitan Police: alienation, culture, and relations with London's Caribbean community 1950-1970

Whitfield, James (2003). The Metropolitan Police: alienation, culture, and relations with London's Caribbean community 1950-1970. Crime, History and Societies, 7(2) pp. 23–39.

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Abstract

This article argues that current knowledge of the origins of the difficulties in relations between the Metropolitan Police and London’s Caribbean community has tended to over-emphasise the significance, and political repercussions, of the confrontational and violent clashes that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s at Notting Hill, Brixton and Tottenham. It suggests that in the 1950s and 1960s serious problems in the relationship were already apparent; and that an understanding of the way in which such difficulties shaped attitudes on both sides is essential if later events are to be viewed in their proper context. It is this deficiency that the article seeks to address.

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