As Independent Chair of the Avon and Somerset Lammy Group, Desmond Brown is reviewing institutional racism in the police and wider criminal justice system.
Against a politically charged backdrop of recent unrest, and the toppling of the statue of slaver Edward Colston in 2020, the outcome of the Police and Crime Commissioner election on May 6th is under the spotlight.
Police officer who had sex with drunk woman on duty cleared of misconduct
Lee Cocking stood accused of sleeping with a drunk woman in his police car, but claimed it was sexual assault. On Friday he was cleared of gross misconduct.
Autistic woman wins damages after police put ‘false and misleading’ information on her record
In the latest in a series of payouts from the force, Avon and Somerset Police were found to hold records incorrectly describing her as having 'split personality, violent when not medicated'.
5 key moments in history that led to the Police and Crime Act
Now the government has restricted peaceful protest, criminal defence solicitor Matt Foot explains the history of violent policing at protests and outlines how we got here.
Avon and Somerset Police commits to anti-racism work, but refuses to admit force is institutionally racist
Chief Constable Sarah Crew said the view that policing is institutionally racist has legitimacy, but it’s important to move beyond the term.
Father of boy hit with paddle in ‘racially motivated attack’ says son did the police’s work for them
The force's inaction 'won't be forgotten', he said, after an investigation into the incident was reopened following a public backlash.
Man charged with riot and arson says police escalated protest into violence
He is accused of trying to set police vehicles on fire during the Kill the Bill demo on 21 March, but blamed police for turning the protest violent.