The way out of the Gangs Matrix crisis

Community Leader Stafford Scott, at the launch of the Tottenham Defence Campaign, at North London Community House in Tottenham. October 2011
Community Leader Stafford Scott, at the launch of the Tottenham Defence Campaign, at North London Community House in Tottenham. October 2011 © PA Images

For veteran community campaigner Stafford Scott, our report on the Met’s Gangs Matrix brings a welcome independent overview to a secretive and racialised process – and a chance to change the narrative. He tells how being on the matrix damages the lives of already disadvantaged young blacks.

Scrap the Gangs Matrix

Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams
In 2016 Becky Clarke and colleague Patrick Williams published a study examining the process of criminalistion that contribute to unequal outcomes for young black, Asian and miniority ethnic people © Manchester Metropolitan University

In recent years, criminologist Becky Clarke’s work has highlighted serious racial disparities in the criminal justice system. She welcomes our report and calls for the Gangs Matrix and other similar policing tools to be scrapped.

Trapped in the Gangs Matrix

Launched by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, the Gangs Matrix is a database of suspected gang members in London.
Launched by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, the Gangs Matrix is a database of suspected gang members in London. © Amnesty International

Launched by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, the Gangs Matrix is a database of suspected gang members in London.

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