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Our broad purpose is to provide a one-stop-resource for profiles, news, and event details, useful information, appeals, and more in relation to deaths and abuse whilst in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.
Please Note: Not all cases listed here occurred recently. We are continuously adding to profiles featured on this website.
German police refused to reopen their investigation into what they declared from the start was a ‘suicide’ This is in spite of evidence being presented by the family that Jeremiah Duggan, a young Jewish man, may have been subjected to a sustained mental attack or a physical attack or both.
In the early hours of January 1st 2009, Adolph Grimes, a 22 year-old New Orleans native, living in Houston since hurricane Katrina, was shot to death by plain-clothes officers who swooped on the young man as he was waiting for a relative in his parked car.
A Tibetan youth detained for his role in a non-violent protest was beaten to death by police, Tibetan sources say. Pema, a resident of Punda town in the Dzogang county, had been held in police custody for demonstrating against Chinese rule in Tsawa Dzogang.
Alison Colk was found hanging in her cell on 8th January 2009 at around 6.30am. Staff and paramedics attempted to revive her but she was pronounced dead 10 minutes after her discovery. She was not on suicide watch and the death was referred to the Prison Ombudsman. She was the first death in a UK prison for 2009.
Lisa Marley, a 32-year-old mother from South Shore, was discovered hanged in her cell at women’s HMP Styal in 2008. Her death devastated her family who are still struggling to come to terms with their loss. And now, after the death of Alison Colk at the prison, Ms Marley’s brother John Gunn has called for strong action.
SWAMP 81 National Riots
The battle between police and residents in Brixton in April 1981 was the most significant outbreak of civil disorder in 20th century London. The disturbances influenced similar outbreaks in the cities of Liverpool, Bradford and Birmingham. In 1981, Brixton’s Afro-Caribbean community comprised roughly 25% of its population. It was an area of high unemployment, particularly for Black men, where rates were as high as 50%. Brixton was also an area of high crime, and in April 1981 the Metropolitan Police initiated ‘Operation Swamp’.