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Deaths in Custody


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.

News in brief

05 May 2015
Short news stories from the past week including deaths due to cuts to be investigated, Britain 24th in State of the World's Mothers report, and two deaths in custody.

Baltimore - how poverty and police racism ignited a city

05 May 2015
When cops in Baltimore arrested Freddie Gray and threw him screaming in pain into the back of their van, they thought no one would question their actions. When Freddie died in that same truck, they thought they’d get away with it. Not this time, writes Ken Olende

‘I can’t breathe’—cop tells of Kingsley Burrell’s plea

28 April 2015
The inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell heard how he was strapped on a trolley, handcuffed and in leg restraints for two hours.

Creating monsters - the murder of Zahid Mubarek

28 April 2015
A new film We Are Monster explores the build up to a notorious racist murder in Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in 2000. The filmmakers and the uncle of the murder victim talk to Simon Basketter

March for Aston Williams

21 April 2015
The family of a man who died after a collision with a police car led a march to Reading Police station last Saturday to demand justice. 

Protest demands justice after Henry Hicks' death

07 April 2015
More than 1,000 people marched through north London on Saturday of last week demanding justice for Henry Hicks, who died as police chased him.

Mark Duggan - a death retold

31 March 2015
The police shot and killed Mark Duggan in 2011. Now their supporters are rewriting history after a new IPCC report let the cops off the hook. But the facts don’t fit their tidy narrative, as Annette Mackin discovers

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