Some Very British Violence

The scenes at Clapham Common earlier this year prompted shocked realisations about police brutality — but state violence is a defining feature of our isolated, individualised world.

A woman holds a placard during a vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard in Cardiff on 13 March 2021. Credit: Polly Thomas / Getty Images.

In 2018-19, the Independent Office for Police Conduct recorded 276 deaths during or following police contact — more than one person every other day. In the anger following Sarah Everard’s murder, it was sometimes easy to lose sight of this fact. Her experience, and the experience of those brutalised at the Clapham Common vigil, is […]

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