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Deaths in Custody


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

Over 500 black and ethnic minority people have died in state custody since 1991

24 March 2015
More than 500 black and ethnic minority people died at the hands of the state over the last 24 years. And no one has been successfully prosecuted for their deaths. 

Habib "Paps" Ullah cops face further questions after inquest

03 March 2015
A jury concluded this week that Habib “Paps” Ullah’s death in custody was a result of "misadventure". 

Ferguson Solidarity meetings discuss how to get justice

27 January 2015
Some 150 people attended the launch of the Ferguson Solidarity tour in Brixton, south London, last Saturday.

Ferguson solidarity tour comes to Britain

20 January 2015
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, a leading figure in the #blacklivesmatter protests in the US, is coming to Britain this week for a Ferguson solidarity tour.

Luton police station shuts as protest demands justice

13 January 2015
Luton police station shut down last Sunday as hundreds of people marched through the town calling for justice against police brutality.

Jimmy Mubenga guards cleared of manslaughter

16 December 2014
Three G4S guards were found not guilty of the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga.  

Anger at police racism spreads across US

16 December 2014
Tens of thousands of people protested in cities across the US last weekend to demand justice for victims of police racism.

G4S guard testifies in Jimmy Mubenga manslaughter trial

02 December 2014
G4S guard Terrence Hughes told London’s High Court that he could not recall hearing Jimmy Mubenga calling, “I can’t breathe”. 

Campaigners slam police spies

18 November 2014
Organising to fight state repression was the theme of the Defend the Right to Protest national conference last Saturday. Some 200 people came to the event at the Soas university campus in central London.

'I'll keep fighting to find out how my son died in jail'

11 November 2014
An inquest showed serious discrepancies in the official account of Marlon McIntosh’s death in Birmingham prison, reports Annette Mackin

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