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Leon Patterson (Cont’d)

Leon PattersonBut campaign spokesman Ken Fero said Mr Straw had written to the group a week before their protest turning down their request stating that the death in custody figures from the marchers were “inflated”. Officials claimed that 40% of deaths in custody were linked to drink or drugs, and 25% with suicide.

In 1996 an INQUEST spokesperson said; Leon’s family are still waiting to discover the truth and who is accountable for the inhuman and degrading treatment Leon received while under the care of the police and police doctors.

The failure to establish the true circumstances about his death and the lack of rights for families demonstrates the lamentable failings of current investigatory mechanisms into deaths in custody.“

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Follow-up News:

Year after year, the bitter toll of fathomless deaths
11th October 1997

Report on the death of Leon Patterson (PDF off-site)
INQUEST 1992

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