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National Fathers Day vigils make a mark (Pt2)

Susan Alexander (London)

I arrived at 12 noon and observed that the [Police] HQ has now been ring-fenced with glass barriers (so banners and posters cannot be erected). I was the only person in attendance apart from 2 journalists.

This is sad as this was a planned co-ordinated event and developed through Facebook where people said they would be attending.

It is obvious that in London there is not the same unity/support as there is up north and in other towns and cities, eg; High Wycombe, Brixton, Manchester and the likes. I [departed] at 1.30pm and left the journalists with information about UFFC, INQUEST and a list of all the other bereaved families and names and gave them a brief update of my case.

Dena Whitmore (Birmingham)

Yesterday I attended the Father’s Day Vigil for those in the Midlands area who have died in Police Custody in collaboration with the Midlands community, The United Family and Friends Campaign, Birmingham Strong4Justice and 4WardEver UK.

Some of those who have deceased were not yet fathers but we cannot underestimate the supportive and protective role males play within our families and communities, not to mention the pain and anguish the bereaved families have to endure. As a parent you never expect to bury a child or expect to have to endure the enormity of your prematurely aborted hopes, dreams and aspirations for your children in such a manner.

For the families who have had their loved ones die in Custody they do not have any such consolation, having to endure years of grief with unexplained circumstances, botched investigations, failure to notify family members their loved ones have dead, delays in the release of loved ones for burial further adding to the pain and injustice…not to mention failure in conviction even when there has been a verdict of unlawful killing.

See Dena’s article in full and unedited here >
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Other News:

Campaigners stage Father’s Day protest at Piccadilly Gardens in memory of police shooting victim Anthony Grainger
18 June 2012

Father’s day vigil held for police shooting victim Anthony Grainger
18 June 2012

Fathers’ Day Vigils for those who died in police custody – London
17 June 2012

Father’s Day Vigils Mark Deaths In Custody
17 June 2012

FILM: Diamond Deyah (poet) uncut & raw truth
Birmingham – 17 June 2012

FILM: Melika Queely (The Violinist)
Birmingham – 17 June 2012

Other YouTube Footage >

File on 4: Police Restraint (recording)
Inquests in England are increasingly hearing a new term to explain deaths in police custody: Excited Delirium. It’s a diagnosis with origins in the United States.

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