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Deaths in Custody


‘We have to come together to fight for all those who have died in police custody’

29 October 2013
There were angry chants of “No justice, no peace” as the United Friends and Family campaign marched on Downing Street in London last Saturday.

Defend the right to protest conference says - 'we must fight back against injustice'

29 October 2013
The need to fight injustice ran through the Defend the Right to Protest conference in London last Sunday.

Mark Duggan inquest - officers testify that Mark couldn't have thrown gun

29 October 2013
A police firearms officer told the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan that he did not see Mark throw a weapon police allege he was carrying.

Join London protest to demand justice over deaths in custody

22 October 2013
The fifteenth annual United Friends and Family campaign procession and rally was set to take place in central London on Saturday of this week.

Alder family's fight to get justice continues

08 October 2013
The family of Christopher Alder have been told nobody will face prosecution for giving them the wrong body to bury. 

Mark Duggan cop ‘didn’t hear’ call to put gun down, inquest told

08 October 2013
The cop in charge of the firearms operation in which police shot and killed Mark Duggan said that he did not hear officers warn Mark to put down a weapon.

Cops grilled over Mark Duggan’s shooting

01 October 2013
Inquest hears from Mark’s mother and officer who ran gun unit that shot him, reports Simon Basketter

Did Duggan cop plant gun?

24 September 2013
A witness into the shooting of Mark Duggan is to tell the inquest into his death that she saw police “plant” a gun near the site of the shooting. Police shot and killed Mark in August 2011. The witness is known as Miss J. She claims that she saw an officer take a gun from a shoebox in a minicab and put it on the grass metres away from where Mark’s body was lying.

Family of Sean Rigg hold memorial to mark five years since his death in custody

27 August 2013
Marcia Rigg, family, and supporters at a vigil for her brother, Sean Rigg, on Wednesday of last week outside Brixton police station in south London, he died in custody here in 2008

Met backs challenge by the cop who shot Azelle Rodney

20 August 2013
A police attempt to overturn the unlawful killing verdict has wider implications, says Annette Mackin

Anger at ongoing injustice of Christopher Alder’s burial

13 August 2013
Janet Alder spoke to Annette Mackin about the official delay in deciding whether to prosecute for her brother’s misburial and police spying on her family

Police taser victim Jordan Begley 'unarmed'

06 August 2013
Eyewitnesses say that Jordan Begley was unarmed and being pinned to the floor by police officers when he was shot by a 50,000-volt stun gun.

Fury in Tottenham at injustice over deaths at hands of police

06 August 2013
Winston Silcott told a public meeting in Tottenham, north London, that people should come out in force to demand justice for Mark Duggan’s family. 

Police apology and compensation for Ian Tomlinson’s family

06 August 2013
The Metropolitan Police has apologised to Ian Tomlinson’s family and reached an out of court settlement. 

Two years on - still no justice for Mark Duggan

30 July 2013
Two years after cops killed Mark Duggan, his family is still fighting for answers, reports Annette Mackin

Encounters with the cops led to dozens more deaths

30 July 2013
New figures reveal the year’s toll of deaths during and after police custody—painting a grisly picture of lives needlessly cut short, says Simon Basketter

Scientist slams ‘meaningless excuse’ of a death diagnosis

30 July 2013
Excited delirium is a diagnosis used by coroners to explain ten restraint-related deaths that occurred in police custody in England and Wales since the late 1990s.

Trayvon case lays bare a rotten racist system

16 July 2013
The black inner city ghettos of the US exploded in the 1960s, in a series of uprisings against racism. 

Jordan Begley died after police shot him with a taser

16 July 2013
Jordan Begley collapsed and died in the street after being hit with a 50,000 volt police taser gun in Gorton, Manchester last week. 

G4S guards unlawfully killed Jimmy Mubenga, says jury

09 July 2013
An inquest jury’s verdict is a major breakthrough in getting justice for Jimmy Mubenga, who died during a forced deportation, reports Ken Olende

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