People feel the police sparked these riots in Tottenham when they shot Mark Duggan in the chest. He did have a real gun but did not fire a shot at the police. Some think that the bullet wedged in the police radio was misleading information planted by the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) to justify his murder. In my opinion this was a cold-blooded killing.
But what happened afterwards was unacceptable. The family organised a protest in Tottenham and finished outside the police station. They waited outside the station for five hours and the police didn’t come out to speak to them.
So the family got ticked off and ‘tensions boiled over’ according to the BBC. So as the aggression heightened and turned into a riot. Youths went out looting shops and torching cars. They seized the opportunity to get some trainers and not to riot in defence of Mark Duggan. And so the UK Riots began…
Youths raided JD, Foot Locker and Curry’s across South London. I feel this completely defeats the point. It makes us look like thugs who want to look good and play XBOX360’s. In Clapham the only shop that wasn’t looted was ‘Waterstones.’ No joke.
We steal trainers but not books. What are trainers going to do for us in life?
In Brixton they looted Vodafone but left the library…
The rioters have misrepresented the young community by attacking pointlessly and gaining goods that aren’t going to help them. A valid cause for protest has become a mass free for all shopping spree.
Elias Wachenje, 12 Years Old