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This analysis emphasises on inter-related issues. The main focus emerged around the category ‘mother’ and it’s role to justifying her complaints against police mistreating her son and has established an defensive mechanism against any legal authority to defend her point of view of the matter. Second, the son of the mother is being involved in a reaction to the cause, which has developed a rationalization to the unjustifiable actions of the police. The third categorizations of ‘police’ emerged in mistrust and rationalizations as source of complaints. The fourth focus is on participants’ constructions of correlated category such as the standard relational pairs and contrast pairs. Proximity of specific activities with the category of’ police’ were seen as arbitrary reasons for complaining about police vicious, brutal and unjustifiable actions.

Interviews with people who participated in the riots
Extract 1, below, comes from interview with young women. Young women participated in interview session. The young women and the mother have been really concerned in regards to serious issues that needed to be addressed. The interview entails complaints about vicious actions which were committed by the police. Young women and the biological mother have been defending the situation of her brother being mistreated, so therefore they have developed a justification to demand for justice of brutal and unjustifiable actions.

1. Young women: me and my mum was walking home(.) my
2. Younger brother and a few of his friends who- who-
3. Who’ve been in trouble with the police for a while
4. (.) but- they weren’t doing anything. They literally
5. Just met up in front of (.) my mum’s block of flats
6. (.) Police get out and they question my brother and
7. His friends and my mum kinda said, “ well, why- why
8. Are you- why do you need to talk to him what is it
9. That you-“ and they was so disrespectful to my mum.
10. My mu:um (.) was polite (.) she’s not (.) a rude
11. Woman. And they kinda pushed her aside sorta thing
12. (.) and they pushed me aside (.) and they took im
13. Into the van and they (.) > beat him up and broke his
14. nose.< Some people would say, “ oh, because he’s a
15. troublemaker that is fair” but it’s not.
.
The analytic focus in this specific extract on young women’s construction of her own, her mother’s and her brother’s activities and characteristics, the normal function of these descriptions in developing normative ‘ young women’ and ‘ younger brother’ activities as rationalization for defence against unreasonable actions.
Young women connects the category’ younger brother’ who has had legal ‘trouble’, but he was in his good behaviour in particular day in this extract ( line 2-3; 4). Because the category-bound activity of ‘trouble’ has usually been associated as delinquency and law breaking activities which could be common among young people, her classification draws a highlight to the rebellious and delinquent activities...

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