Month: April 2011

Tippa Naphtali - Mikey Powell Campaign/4WardEver

Campaigner: ‘Pressure cuts deaths in custody’

Tippa Naphtali is the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in 2003. He spoke to Socialist Worker. “We are launching a campaign to call for every police officer involved in arrests to wear body cameras. This would cost significantly less than legal and mitigation fees arising from custody deaths”.

Proceedings against West Midlands Police: Mikey Powell

Long before the criminal trial and the Inquest, Mikey’s mother Claris and other family members issued claims against the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police because of Mikey’s death. Once the Inquest was finished the family served details of their claims on the Chief Constable – this is the next step towards a trial in the High Court.

Stoke Heath young offender found hanged

A prisoner serving a sentence in Shropshire has died after being found hanged in his cell. Nicholas Saunders, 18, was at HMP Stoke Heath, which holds young offenders. He was found hanging in his cell at 1330 BST on Saturday. Staff attempted emergency resuscitation and paramedics tried to save him, but Mr Saunders was pronounced dead at 1440 BST.