‘I was a UK police officer and systemic racism festers in our force too’: Kevin Maxwell in the Metro

Like so many around the world, I felt deep pain and anger watching the killing of George Floyd. These feelings remain. Watching George calling out for his mother, telling Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who had his knee on his neck ‘I can’t breathe’ before his eyes closed was a truly horrific experience. It was a modern-day lynching. Since then, we have seen protests and riots spread throughout the United States with marches demanding Black Lives Matter around the world, including London and Manchester. Speaking out about police oppression in America is right but, here in the UK, we also need to get our house in order.

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