ISCRE Statement

“Everyone at the Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) was appalled at the events in the video that showed the slow and painful death of Mr George Floyd. We are also aware that such assaults by police officers against people of African and African American heritage are regular occurrences and we send our support and solidarity to those millions upon millions of all backgrounds in the USA who are peacefully mobilising as a result of Mr Floyd and others’ deaths to address their society’s intolerance and racism.

“But we must not be complacent in this country or, indeed, in this county either. Campaigning against discrimination was the very reason that ISCRE was formed by concerned local citizens in 1977.

“Four decades on, although considerable progress has been made in many areas, many issues remain unresolved. Whether it is the disproportionate rates of persistent poverty, deaths in police custody, lower than average incomes or the sometimes questionable use of stop and search powers, there is much that is wrong here as well.

“ISCRE and our sister organisation, the Suffolk Law Centre, will continue to work with other partners to eradicate unlawful discrimination in all its forms and to actively promote an accepting and tolerant society for all.”