Report Launch - Being Matrixed: The (Over)Policing of Gang Suspects in London

Date & time: Location: Amnesty International UK headquarters

To assist in the fight against gangs and violent crime in 2011, the Metropolitan Police developed the London Gangs Matrix. Designed to measure gang membership and violence, the Gangs Matrix is a database containing the names and personal information of people classified as ‘gang nominals’.

To uncover the implications of being on the Matrix and its connections with stop and search, last year StopWatch commissioned Dr Patrick Williams, senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, to conduct qualitative research interviews with a specific demographic of individuals - people on the Gangs Matrix.

Highlighting the traumatic experiences of stop and search encounters and unintended negative consequences of gang management strategies, this innovative report provides a perspective not often explored. It begins to address the scarcity of existing qualitative data within this area whilst attempting to understand the experiences of mainly young black and brown men registered to police databases as gang suspects in London.

Right on trend, StopWatch’s qualitative report complements Amnesty International UK's recent pioneering report into the Matrix. The findings from Amnesty revealed that in October 2017 there were over 3,800 people on the London Gangs database. Alarmingly, most are aged under 21 years old, nearly all are male and over 87% categorised as being from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. These stark findings are a clear indication that there are still issues regarding the highly racialised perception of 'the gang' in England and Wales.

To gain a better understanding of the Matrix, its impact and connection to stop and search, we invite you to join us at the StopWatch London Gangs Matrix Report Launch Evening (Wednesday 19 September). With a panel discussion and an open floor conversation with members of the audience, it is set to be an interesting and lively evening!

Refreshments will be provided.


Dr Patrick Williams – Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Temi Mwale – Director, 4Front Project

Stafford Scott – Head of Advocacy, The Monitoring Group

Katrina Ffrench – Chief Executive, StopWatch

Joe Westby – Amnesty International UK

Chair: Paul Mortimer – Former Professional Footballer and current Board Member of StopWatch

Spoken Word – Jamal Khan

See you there!

Event address

25 New Inn Yard, London

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