The officer responsible for the death of 20 year old Rashan Charles will be granted anonymity. This is yet another example of racist stereotypes about black people and gang affiliations being bandied about by people in the criminal justice system to discredit and stir suspicions. In this case, Barrister Neil Saunders, representing the two officers, argued that they should be granted anonymity on the basis that they were "at risk from the violent Holly Street Gang" who operate in the area - despite acknowledging that Rashan is not a member of any gang. It goes further to speculate that the death of Rashan "may be considered" an attack on "one of their own" - presumably because he's black.
John Noblemunn, Rashan's great uncle said: "If an officer died after being restrained by a member of the public, they'd be plastered all over the media. There would be an open court." #justice4rash#rashancharles#deathsinpolicecustody#ipcc#blacklivesmatteruk@justiceforrash