Mark Duggan, whose fatal  shooting by police on Thursday 4th August sparked the disturbances, used Blackberry Messenger to send his last message to his girlfriend, Semone Wilson, 29, writing: “The Feds are following me.”

 

On the afternoon of Saturday 6th August, a peaceful protest was held by the friends and relatives of Mark Duggan to demand justice for his death. Around 200 people participated in this protest.

 

But at around 8pm the beginnings of violence are seen as bottles are thrown at two patrol cars close to the police station. One of the vehicles is set alight, while the other is pushed into the middle of the road before also being torched.

Unconfirmed reports say the incident was sparked off by a confrontation between a teenage protester and a police officer.

In the following video, equality campaigner Lee Jasper speaks to Sky TV about the violence, which by the time of filming, had spread to Brixton.

South Bank University student Jake Manu, 28, said Mr Duggan’s death and the subsequent lack of dialogue from the police triggered the riot.

But he said tensions – some racial – had been bubbling for a long time.

“The police never talk to us, they ignore us, they don’t think we’re human in this area,” he said.

“We get pulled over all the time like criminals. If you’re wearing a black hood, [if] you’re a black man, they pull you over for no reason.”

 

Scenes of destruction in Tottenham

 

The initial cause of the violence is clear – the relationship between the police and the black community in north London has never been a good one and tensions have finally boiled over.

 

There are now reports that ‘copycat riots’ are now taking place in other London Boroughs, Croydon, Birmingham and Manchester

 

 

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