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Deaths in Custody


Hillsborough QC - can the cops offer justice for the 96?

03 May 2016
Mark George QC represented families at the Hillsborough Inquests. He told Sadie Robinson that the police’s role is hostile to the working class, but that it can also be resisted

A cover up by Paris cops?

12 January 2016
French police shot a man dead in Paris on Thursday of last week. Their version of events rapidly went around the world’s media.

Cops face anger at Tottenham meeting on shooting of Jermaine Baker

05 January 2016
More than 250 people filled Tottenham Town Hall last month for a meeting to demand answers following another fatal police shooting in north London.

Historic documents reveal bigotry at the heart of Thatcher’s government

05 January 2016
Newly released 30 year old government documents reveal a world of racism and scheming from Cameron’s pals. Simon Basketter unearths the facts

Cops won’t be prosecuted for spying on Janet Alder

01 December 2015
Police officers who ran a surveillance operation on Janet Alder will not be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has told her.

United Families and Friends march in London builds links with US activists

31 October 2015
Some 200 people joined the United Family and Friends Campaign procession in central London today, Saturday.

Police Scotland may face criminal charges over Sheku Bayoh killing

27 October 2015
Police Scotland may face criminal charges over the killing of Sheku Bayoh in May.

Scottish top cop House’s downfall follows years of scandalous policing

01 September 2015
Scotland’s chief cop announced last week he is to resign by the end of the year, almost a year earlier than planned. His resignation was prompted by a huge backlash over repeated scandals.

Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund launched to help those affected by deaths in custody

01 September 2015
A new permanent fund has been set up to help people affected by deaths in police custody.

Police Scotland chief met with officers before they gave evidence over death

11 August 2015
Calls for the chief of Police Scotland Stephen House to resign after it was found he had met officers being probed over Shaku Bayoh's death in custody weeks before they gave statements to independent investigators.

Why did no one save Jack Susianta?

04 August 2015
Police officers refused to enter a canal to help a drowning 17-year old, it has been alleged.

Sheku Bayoh Campaign conference calls for justice against cops

28 July 2015
Also: New inquiry into custody deaths, Duggan death anniversary vigil

Sean Rigg cop charged with perjury

14 July 2015
A police officer has been charged with perjury over the death of Sean Rigg. Sean died in Brixton police station, south London, in 2008. 

Cops cleared of misconduct after changing their accounts of Habib 'Paps' Ullah death

16 June 2015
Five police officers who changed their accounts of a stop and search on a man who later died have been cleared of misconduct.

Hundreds join Sheku Bayoh’s funeral march

09 June 2015
Over 300 people attended the funeral march for Sheku Bayoh last Sunday. 

‘Breathtaking’ changes to cops’ story over death of Habib 'Paps' Ullah

09 June 2015
Also: Jordan Begley inquest, Mark Duggan meeting

News in brief

02 June 2015
Short news stories from the past week on cops using tasers, deaths in custody, and the queen scrounging even more cash

Relatives demand answers after Sheku’s death in police custody in Fife

19 May 2015
Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh died in police custody in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Sunday 3 May.

‘There will be no peace until we get justice,’ says Kingsley Burrell's family after inquest

19 May 2015
Kingsley Burrell’s family is demanding a public inquiry into his death after an inquest jury ruled that police restraint and neglect contributed to his death.

Cop’s evidence ‘wrong’ says coroner in Kingsley Burrell inquest

12 May 2015
The coroner at the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell has questioned the recollection of an officer involved in his arrest and restraint.

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