London Riots: Tottenham, Hackney and Brixton (Photos, Video)
Tottenham Riots: Looting and Injury
A protest in Tottenham, north London turned violent as locals demonstrated against the shooting death of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four. Over 30 people were injured in two days of rioting and looting, mostly police officers.
Mark Duggan was shot to death in the back of a cab after allegedly shooting at officers, but the Met's account of the story is dubious. Apparently the bullet lodged in the radio, which the police said proved that Duggen shot at them first, turned out to be police issue.
CNET writes "BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter and Facebook Blamed for London Riots", but come on. "Long-Simmering Class and Racial Tension" would be a more relevant headline. Police and Tottenham locals have a terrible relationship, with locals blaming cops for racially-motivated stops and searches. Mark Duggan was black.
Rioting Spreads to Hackney
The rioting has spread to Dalston and Hackney. Hackney Central Station is currently closed, as is part of Mare Street.
You can see some eyewitness video below and some photos to the right. Check out Londonist for a time-lapse view of Tottenham during the riots.
Incidents have also been reported in Wood Green, Walthamstow, and Enfield; as well as south of the river in Brixton.
Update: Rioting has spread down to Croydon, and ITV News' Ben Schofield reports cars on fire in Liverpool.
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