Nine people have died while in West Midlands Police custody in the last 20 years, new figures have revealed. Of those deaths, seven were men and two were women according to Freedom of Information requests.
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Having just turned 40 in 2008, Sean Rigg had proven himself to be a man of many talents. The musician and dancer had just released his debut album, and had set up his own record label with friends.
In April 2005, Azelle Rodney had a lot to look forward to. He had just turned 24 and he and his heavily-pregnant girlfriend were expecting their daughter any day. He was shot dead in the backseat of a car.
Police removed Christopher Alder from hospital after he’d been assaulted on a night out. Soon after they reached the station, he was pronounced dead. Christopher’s life was abruptly cut short at the age of 37.
A virtual statue has been unveiled outside Brixton police station on the anniversary of Sean Rigg’s death. The statue, of campaigner Marcia Rigg, Sean’s sister, is the first in a series of “augmented reality statue interventions.”
Narene Stokes couldn’t help notice the only white woman in the crowd. Sheila Albers had come to grieve. Like all the mothers gathered for the meeting, her son had been shot and killed by police.
This event will mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell in West Midlands police custody, celebrates 5 years of the National Memorial Family Fund, and screening of the Ultraviolence film.
For those who know the name Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce, the extent of their knowledge likely begins and ends with the night she was shot by police in 1985. Officers raided her home while she was in bed.