Thanks to our dedicated volunteer team and input from other parties, we have added new case profiles to the website.
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.
Tsehaynesh Medhane, the mother of Arsema Dawit, a teenage schoolgirl knifed to death near her home on 2nd June 2008, accused police of missing chance after chance to save her from being murdered by an obsessed former boyfriend who made repeated threats to kill her. Tsehaynesh said: “I feel that Arsema’s life could have been saved if the police authorities had taken action when I approached them before she died.”
Babar Ahmad, a 31-year-old computer expert from Tooting, south London, was arrested In December 2003 by Anti-Terrorist Police who broke into his house in a pre-dawn raid. He was then brutally assaulted in front of his wife. He sustained over 50 injuries to his body, two of which were life-threatening. During this attack Babar was placed in the prayer position and asked, “Where is your God now?”
Beunka Adams is imprisoned on the Polunsky Unit of Texas death row for a crime that another man confessed to committing. He was convicted and sentenced to death at the age of 21. Beunka was involved in a robbery in which store employee, Kenneth Vandever, was shot and killed. Beunka’s co-defendant, Richard Cobb, admitted to the killing in his trial.
Clinton died on the 20th February 1987, while being arrested for alledged shoplifting and use of a stolen credit card, in the West Midlands. He died of asphyxia minutes after two officers were called to the shop. His death outraged the black community. At the later inquest, to the dismay of the family, the jury returned a verdict of misadventure.
Colin Holt collapsed and died after being restrained by officers at his home. While the initial details of his death were unclear it was understood he left the hospital where he had been sectioned and returned home.
Hospital staff had then called the police who entered his flat. Early reports suggested that Colin became unwell when officers attempted to restrain him and was pronounced dead a short time later.
On 2nd March 2008 police arrested Gary for drunk and disorderly behaviour. It is alleged that while handcuffed he resisted arrest, so was taken to the ground and restrained by several officers and a nightclub bouncer. At this point a thud or crack was heard. Two officers checked his head before he was transferred to a police station, but custody officers were not told of a possible head injury.
Godfrey Moyo, aged 25, was on remand at HMP Belmarsh, when in the early hours of 3rd January 2005 he suffered a series of violent and exhausting seizures after he was restrained for a lengthy period of time by prison officers. He was rushed to hospital from his shared cell at Belmarsh Prison apparently suffering breathing problems, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Lloyd Butler, aged 39, from Sheldon, Birmingham, was arrested following a call from his family that he was drunk and incapable. He was arrested by police and placed in a cell shortly after midnight on 4th August 2010 and kept under observation due to his poor condition. At approximately 3.15pm a visit was made to Mr Butler during which it was considered necessary to perform emergency first aid. An ambulance attended and took Mr Butler to Heartlands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mark Saunders, a divorce specialist and well-known barrister, died after a standoff at his £2.2m home in Markham Square, London on 6th May 2008. The depressed alcoholic, who had been on a drinking binge, was killed as he aimed a 12-bore game shooting gun at police who had surrounded the property. He had 203 live rounds of shotgun ammunition and discharged eight shots during the siege. Six used cartridges were found in the kitchen and two in the dining room passageway.
This case profile chronicles one of the longest running investigations and subsequent lawsuits following a US police fatal shooting. It took 13 years from the shooting to the $1.9 million payout by the Indianapolis police department. On 24th September 1987, Michael Taylor, a 16-year-old auto theft suspect, was shot in the head as he sat in an Indianapolis police cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back. He died a day later.