Stockwell In The Washington Post

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Stockwell In The Washington Post

It's always interesting to see what the American press makes of London, especially when they're being as speficic as to write about somewhere like the "south London neighborhood of Stockwell"

Take this Washington Post article for instance (registration might be required):

Albert Siriboe is a black man in his twenties who lives south of the Thames River, which he said means he is likely to be stopped by police at any time for no reason. "The attitude of police is if one black person is a bomber, then we are all bombers," said Siriboe, 26, a sales clerk who said police often accost him as he walks to work or drives his car.

Siriboe's complaint is a common one in his south London neighborhood of Stockwell, where many residents are from Africa and the Caribbean. Many people in Stockwell said they were saddened but not surprised when police shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian electrician, in the Stockwell subway station as they hunted a suspect linked to last month's London transit attacks.

There's also interviews with the customers at the Shapes 2 barbershop, kids at the skate park, people leaving the Stockwell mosque ("a run-down, two-story building across from a police station,") and a quote from Kete Hoey on the arrests made after the July 21 attacks:

"Most people are delighted," said Kate Hoey, a member of Parliament who represents the area that includes Stockwell. She said older residents were especially happy about the visible police presence and believed it directly helped them by deterring burglaries and other crimes.

In recent years, she said, police have made a concerted effort to reach out to her constituents. "White kids are also fed up" with stops and searches, she said.

Last Updated 26 August 2005