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Family fight police brutality against Brixton activist

PICTURED: Tumaini Joseph

THE BLACK community in Brixton is coming together to protest a reported police brutality case against a local activist.

Tumaini Joseph was arrested on August 28 at Notting Hill Carnival, allegedly for assaulting a police officer. However, the young man spent the night in hospital after his encounter with the police, during which - several of them allegedly "jumped on his chest on two occasions, causing lasting damage to his wrist and causing damage to his personal property".

Joseph, who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a Biomedical Science degree in 2016, is heavily involved with activism and black empowerment in his community; running a Study group for young black people who want to learn about their history, regularly attending peaceful protests and working at the Afruika Bantu Saturday school as a Science teacher with children from underprivileged backgrounds.

"During the week, he works in a high school, and is responsible for children with complex behavioural issues.

"The young man had hoped to return to university, complete his Masters and pursue a career in scientific research, but is concerned that a criminal record or charges being brought against him could jeopardise those plans.

The family are asking community groups to attend a unity rally on Friday 17 November in the Karibu Education Centre in Brixton from 7pm-10pm (SW9 7PH).

They are also asking the public to attend the City of London Magistrates Court on Friday 24 November from 9.30am.

In posters advertising the community rally, the organisers say: “Tumaini Joseph was subjected to an unprovoked attack by the police at the Notting Hill Carnival this year. To cover up their unlawful actions, the police charged the young man with assaulting them…

"The attack is typical of the general onslaught against our young people highlighted by MP David Lammy in his recent report that exposes the racial criminalisation and disproportionate stop and search practices.

"Our community must come together to end this injustice and support our youth.”

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