What’s wrong with the police?

Last November, at the Sixth Court of the Royal Courts of Justice, a 67-year-old man called Texo Johnson had his conviction for assault with intent to steal overturned. High Court Chancellor Julian Flaux told the handful of masked souls gathered that it was “very regrettable that it has taken almost 50 years to redress the injustice suffered”.

It was 1972 when Johnson and five young friends, all black, known as the “Stockwell Six”, were arrested by police on the London Underground, beaten, charged and sent to prison or Borstal after a trial at Old Bailey. Two of Johnson’s co-defendants, Cleveland Davidson and Paul Green, were also cleared by the Court of Appeals in July 2021.

“My parents, who were Christians and are now dead, never believed me,” Davidson told me. “My dad, who didn’t believe the police would lie, said he…

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