Perfect Storm: The England Riots Documentary
When Social Order Slams into Disorder



 
Perfect Storm: The England Riots Documentary
When Social Order Slams into Disorder

"If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth."
–– African Proverb

 
The riots in Tottenham after the death of Mark Duggan were initially blamed on poor relations between the police and the black community. Professor Gus John from the University of London has argued that stop and search laws have caused resentment of the police in the black community.

A failing economy mixed with a failing government, add a disorganized and what appears to be somewhat of a corrupted police force, and you have a mixture for disaster. Many are calling it the "Broken Britain".

This mini-documentary film looks at the initial causes and wider context surrounding the recent England riots.

Politicians refuse to acknowledge their role in creating a deeply unfair and failing society, a perfect storm of police brutality, city poverty and austerity measures, that will only get worse unless the root problem is addressed.

Did you know for the rioters to be on par with the looting by the financial bailouts, corporate tax avoiders and Libyan invasion, they would have to repeat the same level of damage......4,320 times?

Between 6 and 10 August 2011, many London districts and some other cities and towns in England suffered widespread rioting, looting and arson.

Following a peaceful march on 6 August 2011 in relation to the police response to the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers on 4 August 2011, a riot began in Tottenham, North London.

In the following days, rioting spread to several London boroughs and districts and eventually to some other areas of England, with the most severe disturbances outside of London occurring in Bristol and cities in the Midlands and North West of England.

Localised events connected to the major riots also took place in many smaller towns and cities in England. The riots were characterised by rampant looting and arson attacks of unprecedented levels. As a result, British Prime Minister David Cameron returned early from his holiday in Italy and other government and opposition leaders also ended their holidays to attend to the matter.

Additionally, all police leave was cancelled and Parliament was recalled on 11 August to debate the situation. As of 15 August, about 3,100 people have been arrested, of whom more than 1,000 have been charged. Arrests, charges and court proceedings continue, with courts working extended hours.

Facebook Witch-hunt for London Rioters


Five people died and at least 16 others were injured as a direct result of related violent acts. An estimated £200 million worth of property damage was incurred, and local economic activity was significantly compromised.

Police action has been blamed for the initial riot, and the subsequent police reaction has been criticised as being neither appropriate nor sufficiently effective.

The riots have generated significant ongoing debate among political, social and academic figures about the causes and context in which they happened.

As of 15 August, about 3100 people have been arrested, of whom more than 1100 have so far appeared in court. It has been reported that courts have been advised by senior justice clerks to deal harshly with offences committed during the disturbances.

The advice is said to tell the courts that they can ignore existing sentencing guidelines and hand down heavy sentences. David Cameron defended the courts for handing out tough sentences, whilst some Liberal Democrat MPs and civil rights groups criticised some of the sentences being handed down.

Sentences of four years in a Young Offender Institution were given to two men who promoted riots via Facebook. The proposed events in Northwich and Warrington were not attended by any other people.