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Institute of Contemporary Arts
The MPS Gangs Matrix

In 2018, a report by Amnesty International and Tottenham Rights forced the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to investigate the London-wide MPS Gangs Matrix, an information-sharing database used by the police to identify men – predominantly young Black men – who were allegedly at risk and involved in serious violent crime. 

The ICO acknowledged that the MPS method of data sharing with educational services, DVLA, housing associations, DWP and more was a breach of numerous forms of legislation and an intentionally harmful practice that has to be halted with urgency. 

The MPS has since taken over 1000 names off of the database, owing to the investigations and campaigning by Tottenham Rights and Amnesty International, but the journey is not yet finished.  

From Corrupt Practices, part of War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights.

Curated by Tottenham Rights, alongside independent curators Kamara Scott and Rianna Jade Parker. 

Special thanks: Kadeem Marshall-Oxley, Katrina Ffrench, Stafford Scott, Allan Hogarth. Exhibition design: Abi Wright.

Recorded 4 September 2021.