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Broadwater Farm Estate; 2009

Broadwater Farm Estate; 2009
3 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

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The estate was built between 1967 and 1973 in a style designed by Le Corbusier where no dwellings were at ground level because of the high water table of the Moselle River which is culverted under the estate.
The Broadwater Farm Estate where on 5 October 1985 a young black man, Floyd Jarrett, was arrested by police, having been stopped in a vehicle with an allegedly suspicious tax disc. Four police officers searched his home. In a disturbance between police and family members, his 49-year-old mother, Cynthia Jarrett, fell over and died almost instantly.
Cynthia Jarrett's death sparked outrage from members of the black community against the Metropolitan Police. There was a belief in the black community that the police were racist.
There was a demonstration the following day outside Tottenham police station by a small crowd of people. Violence between police and youths escalated during the day. Riot police tried to clear streets using baton charges. The black youths in the conflict attacked using bricks and petrol bombs.
The London Fire Brigade came under attack as did the police, including P C Blakelock. The rioting was too intense for police not trained in riot control and they and the firefighters withdrew, chased by rioters. Blakelock tripped, fell, and was surrounded by a mob with machetes, knives and other weapons, they hacked him to death.
Three adults, Winston Silcott, Engin Raghip and Mark Braithwaite, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life despite no witness and limited forensic evidence.
Three years later all three defendants were cleared by the Court of Appeal when an ESDA test demonstrated police notes of interrogations had been tampered with.

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2009 AD - 2009 AD
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