Broadwater Farm: Nicholas Jacobs harks back to when the racist State attacked black youth
THIS is court drawing of Nicholas Jacobs appearing at the Old Bailey in London, via video-link from Belmarsh prison, where he is charged with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.
In 1985, Cynthia Jarrett died during a police raid on her home. She was black. The police then went to the estate in force. They would put down unrest before it happened. A woman had died. Then the police invaded. Trouble was inevitable. The reaction from the locals was fierce and bloody. In the mayhem, PC Keith Blakelock (above) was hacked to death.
What did the police then do? They arrived as an occupying force. Around 9,000 of them set up camp on the estate. Almost one home in four was raided. One tenth of the residents were arrested: most of them black youth. The police were targeting the blacks. Racism was rife. The Force terrorised suspects and witnesses. Desperate the ugly, the police framed three men for PC Blacklock’s murder.
Nicholas Jacobs was 16 at the time of PC Blakelocks’s murder. He was a teenger who had grown up in a ghetto patrolled by the racist’s State’s front-line urban Army. His trial will stir up a lot of bad feeling and memories.