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.
The family of Demetre Fraser are seeking answers from police after he allegedly fell to his death from a Birmingham tower block on 31st May 2011. It was reported that police officers visited Demetre at the flat where he was staying on the night he died.
A father hit out at the “incompetence” of the prison system. An inquest into the death of 23-year-old Tom revealed multiple failures in his care. He was found dead in his cell on 7th February 2009.
Wayne Hamilton, aged 24, was found dead in a Sheffield canal on 16th June 2010. He was reported missing by his worried family on 11th June when a friend rang them to say the last time he had seen Wayne he was running off with police officers chasing him.
The family of Shropshire man Jason Pearce who died in police custody showing signs of a rare medical phenomenon known as “excited delirium” have warned that more people could die being detained unless more is known about the misunderstood condition.
Kingsley Burrell, aged 27 years old, died in what appear suspicious circumstances in Birmingham. He called the police after he tried to talk to a group of young people who were intimidating him and his 5 year old son. He was subsequently arrested himself and detained under the Mental Health Act. Days later he was in intensive care and subsequently died.
An inquest jury ruled that a catalogue of police failings led to the death of a Birmingham woman in custody. In 2009 the jury found Linda Burt, aged 49, died after being arrested for an alleged breach of the peace following an argument at her mother’s flat.
Mark Graeme Read
Mark Read, 39, known to his friends as Graeme, died in a cell at Bath Central police station the night before Christmas Eve, after Avon and Somerset officers arrested him for being drunk and incapable. Officers claimed they had taken him into custody “for his own safety”. Officers later found him ‘unresponsive’ during a check and he was taken to the Royal United Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Michael Taylor, aged 39, was found hanging from the window bars of his cell by torn bed sheets in HMP Bedford on 17th April 2007. The family have blamed their son’s death on overcrowding and the Government’s “macabre game of prison chess.”
Syed Talha Ahsan
Syed Talha Ahsan is a British-born poet and writer with Aspergers Syndrome facing extradition to America. If convicted he could spend up to 70 years in “supermax” solitary confinement. His family say they want their son tried in the UK.
A federal jury has convicted five current or former police officers in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina on 4th September 2005. Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, was shot several times in the back and died at the scene. One of the officers, Kenneth Bowen, also stamped on him while he lay critically wounded on the ground.
On 5th September 2010 Manuel Jamines, a 37-year-old Guatemalan day laborer (who was unarmed) was shot in the head and killed by an officer from the notorious Rampart Division, site of one of the worst police scandals in US history.