A rally is to be organised outside Brixton Police station in protest at a raid of the Nation of Islam Mosque.
Lee Jasper, former Senior Director of Policing for London has condemned the alleged drugs raid on the Mosque in Brixton, South London.
Reports are that at 11:15 am on Thursday 22 July 2010 armed police officers forced their way into the UK Headquarters of The Nation of Islam in Brixton, London.
It’s reported by the NOI that the Police insisted that they had intelligence that there was a cannabis factory on the premises. The Police then bizarrely claimed that they were unaware that it was a Mosque building.
The demonstration/press conference will be held outside Brixton Police Station, Lambeth today at 6:45 pm.
Lee Jasper stated:
“This policing operation is an outrageous attack on the NOI and smacks of either gross incompetence or a return to a policing style that politically targets black organisations reminiscent of the 1980’s.
How the Police could believe that the NOI Mosque was a ’cannabis farm’ defies belief. The degree of naivety by the police is staggering. What’s next Black Churches being subjected to heroin searches?”
“Tensions between the police and black communities in London are rising. Massively increasing rates of stop and searches particularly on children, the abolition by the Home Secretary of the stop and account monitoring form and the failure to tackle gun and knife crime along with the dramatic loss of confidence of all communities in the Police as a result of the Ian Tomlinson case have all contributed.
This raid is a disaster for community relations particularly after the positive effect of the recent visit of Prince Charles.”