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Coroner damns G4S over deportation guards’ racism

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2365

The coroner’s report into the death of Jimmy Mubenga condemns “pervasive” racism among G4S guards and dangerous restraint techniques.

Karon Monaghan QC’s 30 page report makes recommendations to avoid future deaths.

The inquest jury found last month that Jimmy was unlawfully killed after being restrained by G4S guards during a forced deportation in 2010.

The report criticises dangerous restraint techniques such as “carpet karaoke”. 

This is when a prisoner’s head is forced downwards in an aircraft seat to stop their cries upsetting other passengers.

Monaghan says racist texts passed between two of the three guards “were not evidence of a couple of ‘rotten apples’ but rather seemed to evidence a more pervasive racism within G4S.” 

G4S lost the contract to escort deportees not long after Jimmy’s death. But Monaghan points out this is unlikely to have improved matters as many guards simply transferred to the new company.

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