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‘Police did not give a damn’

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Family of hanged Telford men speak to Socialist Worker
Issue 1682

Cliff McGowan, whose brother Errol and nephew Jason were found hanged in Telford after receiving racist death threats, has spoken out against the police. Cliff told Socialist Worker, ‘The police made us feel that Errol’s life didn’t matter. As far as they were concerned he’d taken his own life, and that was it. ‘I asked, ‘What will it take to change your mind?’ They said, ‘Bring us some evidence.’ I thought that was their job.’

The case follows that of Akofa Hodasi, another black man found hanged in Surrey in suspicious circumstances in April 1998. He too had received death threats from racists. On Tuesday the Police Complaints Authority found that there had been flaws in the police investigation. The PCA say the investigating officer ‘lost immediate control’ over vital inquiries. The PCA noted that the suspects were not arrested, but Hodasi’s house was searched six times. Yet no officer is to be disciplined over the case.

See Two men hanged in Telford, a special report by Hassan Mahamdallie

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