Can We Trust The Police? Is a 2012 BBC 3 documentary by actor Adam Deacon, who grew up in Hackney and has always had trouble trusting the police. He explores the topic of police brutality, institutional racism and a general lack of trust in the police in some British communities. His personal cynicism stems from an incident involving his childhood friend David, a black youth who was jumped and shot by police despite committing no crime. David later received an apology and a compensation settlement.
The documentary was made in the aftermath of the London Riots which had occurred the year before, a major act of civil disobedience which was spurned by the shooting of Mark Duggan by police. For more about the Duggan shooting consider watching the excellent feature length BBC documentary Lawful Killing (2016).