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Mind Forg’d Manacles

Jon Gower Davies, August 2012

Institutional racism is an unfair allegation to level at British police forces and its universal acceptance by public officials has led to harmful policymaking, according to a new Civitas report.

In Mind Forg’d Manacles, Jon Gower Davies outlines the history and influence of ‘institutional racism’ since the Macpherson inquiry, following the murder of Stephen Lawrence. He finds the evidence for institutional racism within British police forces to lack substance and describes how the resulting bureaucratic burdens placed on police forces have impeded their ability actually to serve the public.

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