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Deaths in Custody


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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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

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

Cops slammed over Azelle Rodney shooting

09 July 2013
The police officer who shot Azelle Rodney could face prosecution after a damning report from the official inquiry into the killing was released last week.  

Cops failed to protect Smiley Culture

09 July 2013
The inquest jury into the death of Smiley Culture, real name David Emmanuel, found that the singer died from a “self inflicted stab wound to the chest”.

Smiley Culture retires to consider its verdict

02 July 2013
The jury in the inquest into the death of reggae singer Smiley Culture, real name David Emmanuel, has retired to consider its verdict.

Verdict due into death of Jimmy Mubenga

02 July 2013
The judge’s summing up at the inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga was due to start on Tuesday of this week. 

Cops testify in Smiley Culture inquest

18 June 2013
A police officer giving evidence at the inquest into the death of Smiley Culture said the singer used a kitchen knife to stab himself. 

Breakthrough for Sean Rigg's family as report condemns earlier investigation

21 May 2013
Samantha Rigg-David talked to Judith Orr about how a new report has vindicated her family’s long campaign for justice over her brother Sean’s death

Inquest starts into deportation death of Jimmy Mubenga

14 May 2013
The inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga began on Monday of this week. 

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