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Deaths in Custody


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. 

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”.

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.  

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. 

Prison death to be investigated

07 May 2013
Relatives of Boniface Umale, who died on remand in Durham prison, are unhappy with the official explanation.

Cops arrested in investigation of Kingsley Burrell’s death

28 March 2013
Four police officers have been arrested as part of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the death of Kingsley Burrell two years ago.

New evidence Ricky Reel was murdered

21 March 2013
The family of Ricky Reel has said it has been contacted by a new witness who says Ricky was murdered.

Jimmy Mubenga march

16 November 2010
More than 150 people marched through central London on Friday of last week demanding justice for Jimmy Mubenga. Jimmy died last month as three G4S private security guards were forcibly deporting him to Angola at Heathrow airport.

Jean Charles de Menezes: shoot to kill in Stockwell

20 July 2010
It took 30 seconds for the police to kill Jean Charles de Menezes. The cover-up took a little longer. At 10.06am on 22 July 2005 Jean Charles sat down on a tube train in Stockwell, south London.

De Menezes family’s paltry payout

24 November 2009
The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the man killed by police in 2005, look set to receive just £100,000 compensation.

Jean Charles de Menezes memorial

28 July 2009
Relatives, friends and campaigners for justice for Jean Charles de Menezes are calling for a permanent memorial to be placed outside the south London Tube station where he was killed by police in July 2005.

Verdict shows police lied over Jean Charles

15 December 2008
by Simon Basketter

Jean Charles de Menezes jury reject police case as family say coroner failed

12 December 2008
Key parts of the police account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes are untrue according to the jury at the inquest into his death.

Jean Charles de Menezes: Shot, then slandered and still no justice

09 December 2008
On 22 July 2005, Jean Charles de Menezes was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder with hollow tip bullets by police who had followed him on to a tube train at Stockwell, south London.

Witnesses say police shot Jean Charles de Menezes without warning him

04 November 2008
Police officers who shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in July 2005 say they shouted a warning.

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