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Protest demands justice after Henry Hicks' death

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2448

Protesters blocked the road

Protesters blocked the road (Pic: Guy Smallman)

More than 1,000 people marched through north London on Saturday of last week demanding justice for Henry Hicks, who died as police chased him.

Henry, who was just 18 years old, died in a crash in December last year after police in unmarked cars chased him on his moped.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has served four police officers with gross misconduct notices. Police have not explained why they were following Henry.

Henry’s dad David led the march. He told Socialist Worker, “My son was killed by four Metropolitan Police officers in two unmarked police cars.

“He had no convictions—he had never been in a police station in his life. But he got hounded and harassed for three years. He got stopped and searched 156 times.

“They won’t tell me why they chased him. I need some answers.” 

The marchers held a sit-down protest and chanted “police killed Henry Hicks” outside Islington police station.


Henry’s family asked for a superintendent or borough commander to speak to them, but were told none were available.

The march finished at a mural painted for Henry on the road where he crashed. Henry’s sister Claudia also led the march. She told Socialist Worker, “My whole family is completely heartbroken.

“We built the march just on social media. So you can see from how many people were on the march that he meant something to people.”

Claudia also said that she wanted to link up with other families fighting for justice against the police.

She said, “We want to join up with other families who have had family members killed by the police so we’re not just alone.

“It’s not just us—it’s happening to so many people. Something needs to be done about it.”

She added, “A lot of people have never had any justice for what the police have done to their families. 

“Maybe if we got some for ours, it would mean something to them as well. Someone needs to be held responsible for all these deaths.”

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Tue 7 Apr 2015, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2448
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