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Deaths in police custody: How did Demetre Fraser die?

Issue No. 2258

The family of a 21-year old black man want answers from police after he fell to his death from a Birmingham tower block.

Police officers visited Demetre Fraser’s flat on the night he died, 31 May.

Demetre, from Peckham, south London, was on bail for assault and the conditions said he must live outside London. The assault charge was withdrawn shortly before his death.

West Midlands police claim officers found his body at the base of the tower block.

But Demetre’s mother, Jossette Fraser, says that neighbours heard a huge commotion on the night he died.

She wants the officers involved to be suspended.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has ruled that West Midlands Police should investigate the death themselves.

The news comes as campaigners prepare for a March for Justice in Birmingham this Saturday.

The march was organised after the deaths of Smiley Culture and Kingsley Burrell Brown, who both died in custody in March.

March for Justice: Saturday 2 July, assemble 12 noon, Abbey Street, Birmingham B18 5QS

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Tue 28 Jun 2011, 17:57 BST
Issue No. 2258
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