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Broadwater Farm: Nicholas Jacobs harks back to when the racist State attacked black youth

by | 27th, July 2013

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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.

BLACK AND WHITE ONLY. Undated file handout photo of Pc Keith Blakelock as a provisional trial date has been set at the Old Bailey for a 44-year-old man 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.

Wreckage strewn streets of Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham, London in 1985, bear witness to events of the previous night when rioting mobs battled with police in violent action that caused the death of one policeman and injury to several others. (AP Photo)

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.

Police in full riot gear gather in the riot-torn area of Tottenham tonight following the death of Local woman Cynthia Jarrett who collapsed and died after a police raid on her home

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.

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