Racial Wounds

What hit Brixton and why

It started after both blacks and whites in Brixton, a depressed district in south London with a population that is 36% black, demanded greater police protection from rising street crime. Then young blacks, angered by heavy-landed "stop and search" measures vigorously enforced by the police, went on a rampage with stones, bricks, iron bars and petrol bombs. The disorders spread to many other communities in Britain. When it was over, an estimated 3,000 people had been arrested and 1,500 policemen injured.

In a 137-page report on the Brixton riots released last week and commissioned by the Conservative...

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