Watch: Form 696: The Police vs. Grime

Fascinating new Noisey documentary...
JME

Introduced in 2008 as a means of providing 'risk assessment' for live music events in London, Form 696 has become one of London Metropolitan Police' most controversial documents.

Despite being extensively revised within 12 months of its initial implementation, Form 696 is still viewed by many as being inflammatory, discriminatory and - at times - outright racist.

A recent Just Jam event at the Barbican was halted by police using the powers afforded to them by Form 696. After this, grime rapper JME - who was due to perform at the show - worked with Noisey to produce a short documentary about the form, and more generally about the relationship between police and those in the grime scene.

It's a riveting watch. JME makes for a natural host, while the debate surrounding the form is faithfully rendered. Sparing no punches, JME speaks to journalist Sunny Hundal who states: "It's an attack on people's civil liberties, but also it's blatant discrimination."

Watch it now.

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