Brixton riots, London, September 1985.
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The 1985 riots were triggered by the accidental shooting by police of a black woman, Cherry Groce. Her son was suspected of a firearms offence and Mrs Groce was shot and paralysed below the waist by a police marksman while they searched her house. Her son was not there at the time. This incident was perceived as an example of police racism, and together with poverty and alienation in an inner city area with a largely black population, combined to cause rioting.