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Sam Collings-Wells

Police search a man following a drugs raid in Quarles Street, Washington, 19 July 1985. Linda Wheeler/The Washington Post/Getty Images.

The problem with community policing.

London police search a black youth on Talbot Road, Notting Hill, during the race riots, 3 September 1958 © Getty Images.

Police brutality and stop-and-search are yet another legacy of Empire.