The Brixton Disorders, April 10-12 1981: Report of an Inquiry by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Scarman, O.B.E.
- Lord Scarman
This report, 'The Brixton Disorders, April 10-12 1981: Report of an Inquiry by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Scarman, O.B.E. (Cmnd. 8427)' describes the Brixton riot – a confrontation between the Metropolitan Police and protesters in Lambeth, South London, England, between 10 and 12 April 1981.
The main riot on Saturday, 11 April, resulted in almost 279 injuries to police and 45 injuries to members of the public (though the number has been estimated to be greater). A large number of police and other vehicles were damaged or destroyed (some by fire) and 28 buildings were also damaged or destroyed by fire. There were 82 arrests. Reports suggested that up to 5,000 people were involved.
Lord Scarman found that racial disadvantage was a significant factor in the causation of the Brixton disorders and "complex political, social and economic factors" created a "disposition towards violent protest". Further, that there was evidence of the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of 'stop and search' powers by the police against black people.
A consequence of the report was a new code for police behaviour put forward in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (listed below) as well as the creation of the Police Complaints Authority in 1985.
The report is divided into nine parts, with appendices.
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