THE MENELIK SHABAZZ FILM COLLECTION

Synopsis

BREAKING POINT – The SUS Law and Black Youth

 The use of an old Victorian law of ‘being a suspicious person’ commonly known as ‘sus’ was used against young black male and females in the mid 70s in the UK. Under this law a police officer need only suspicion to make an arrest . Conviction can result in up to six months imprisonment. The use of ‘sus’ created much bitterness and anger within the black community. Interviews include Rudy Narrayan, Stuart Hall and Paul Boeteng. Breaking Point is the first documentary directed by a black director for mainstream British Television

Running time: 38 mins/1978

Director: Menelik Shabazz