Throughout the spring, hundreds of thousands of people marched across the country, signed petitions, and publicly opposed the boldly titled police, crime, sentencing, and court bills. Critics say the bill will give the police new powers to suppress protests, thereby restricting our freedom of speech and assembly. The bill was successfully postponed-but it will reappear in Parliament next week.
So, what is the police bill actually? How will it affect blacks and other people of color? Why does the government want to promote it now through Parliament?
Ayeisha joined Zehrah Hasan, a barrister, founding member and director of legal support for black protests, and a doctoral researcher at UCL and Birkbeck, and criminal justice activist Becka Hudson.
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