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Editor’s comment: Causing a riot is not the way to get answers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 June 2017

Bins were set on fire in Forest Gate last night (Picture: LAUREN HURLEY/PA Wire)

Bins were set on fire in Forest Gate last night (Picture: LAUREN HURLEY/PA Wire)

Circumstances surrounding the death of Edson - following a police stop - rightly need investigating.

Ch Supt Ian Larder was quick to come out and say officers will have to account for their actions and that police officers “are not exempt from the law” following news of the death.

It maybe little consolation for those grieving for the father-of-one but at the moment it’s the only thing they can do.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will take over and look at every aspect of the incident and how it was conducted.

It’s no suprise tensions are running high within the Forest Gate community and that his family and loved ones want answers that are not available yet.

A protest in his honour and demands for answers and justice - if any wrongdoing is found - are perfectly understandable.

However, when that descends into chaos and low-level rioting you start to lose the argument.

I’m sure many who marched for Edson did so with no violent intentions but it did not take long for the protest to turn nasty.

Police officers were attacked and injured, several people were arrested and a family member told the Recorder they were concerned about the protest fearing it could turn violent and divert attention from what really matters - getting to the bottom of how and why Edson lost his life.

With the London riots in August 2011, following the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, still fresh in the mind it’s easy to see how these situations can escalate beyond control when a period of calm is needed.


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