Miss Information strikes again as police beating of 16-year-old girl sparks UK riots. The police shooting (many would say murder) of Mark Duggan, and a subsequent beating of a 16 year old girl are the events that actually started the riot, but the media is ignoring these two crucial events, especially the second one.
A quick Google search for ‘UK riot cause’ leads to many news articles reporting on the monetary costs to businesses that have been burned and looted. Sure, this is an unfortunate consequence of the rioting, but what about the cause that started the riots?
To truly understand why certain people participated in the riots, British society must be examined. Since 1824 here has been a stop and search policy (or sus law) allowing police to search anyone they want, provided they look suspicious. It could be compared to SB1070 in Arizona. During the early 1980′s in England, uprisings against the racial profiling and the sus law became wide spread. There were many race riots in England between 1980 and 1981. The British Government reacted by removing the sus law. Recently, stop and search again went into law in response to the war on terror. Many young blacks and some whites are angry at the law, as many of them have been stopped and searched many many times in their young adulthood. A 37 year old woman is bringing a lawsuit because she was stopped for carrying a bag.