Howe was interviewed live on BBC television on 9 August, 2011 during the 2011 London riots. The interview was conducted by BBC presenter Fiona Armstrong.
Anjali Kamat, correspondent for Democracy Now! called Armstrong's tone "sanctimonious."
Shortly after Howe began lamenting that "young blacks and young whites... have been telling us, and we wouldn't listen..." the presenter interrupted him to ask him if he "condoned the violence". While denying condoning the violence, his attempt to decry the killing of Mark Duggan was interrupted by the presenter. Howe spoke of the events as a political uprising:
"I don't call it rioting, I call it an insurrection of the masses of the people. It is happening in Syria, it is happening in Clapham, it's happening in Liverpool, it's happening in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and that is the nature of the historical moment..."
Armstrong asked "You are not a stranger to riots yourself, I understand, are you? You have taken part in them yourself."
"I have never taken part in a single riot. I've been on demonstrations that ended up in a conflict. And have some respect for an old West Indian negro, and stop accusing me of being a rioter. Because I... You won't tickle me to get abusive, you just sound idiotic. Have some respect."
The riots here in London started after the shooting of Mark Duggan by the police.The police claimed that Duggan had fired a shot and had hit a police officer's radio.
But, it has now been reported that the bullet which lodged in the police officer's radio was police issue ammunition.
The news has undermined the police suggestion that there was an exchange of fire between Duggan and the police before Duggan died.There have been reports that Duggan was 'assassinated' by the police.
An 'insider' talks about drugs and police in London
"Police don’t get paid a great wage to do their job, depending on what level they’re at, so it’s only realistic. People like to say it’s a bit of a myth that the “Stokey-Cokey” police here are bent: no, they’re bent, I’m sorry.
"They are the reason that some of this **** is on the streets. It’s their way of taxing it – they take it off this person, they turn that much back out and put the rest behind the desk and call it a seizure.
"That’s the way it works. I will tell you right now, that that ‘myth’ about feds being bent is not a myth.
"There are so many kids out there who get arrested for one thing and they get years, and then there’s people that you know keep getting arrested and they don’t do enough time for what they’ve done. Don’t ever get it twisted, the feds take certain kids, or certain men, put them back out on the streets so they can do their work for them. And there are people with feds on the pay roll."
Sky news had been busy ignoring local people and very selectively broadcasting their own views, this gentleman spoke candidly the simple truth of Saturdays events, DO NOT BELIEVE THE CORPORATE MEDIA MACHINE, here is a real person who did this UNEDITED video response in ONE take, no PR training, no media skills just simple and honest truth
The Insider - UK authorities drug-trafficking and money-laundering
The London police force, "has been criticised by a Judge for running a multi-million pound illegal drugs cartel and money laundering operation..."read it all