all credits: Tippa Naphtali
published: 28 October 2012
4WardEver UK commends the United Families & Friends Campaign for pulling off a successful and peaceful rally and demonstration in London on Saturday 27th October 2012 in Central London.
The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. It includes the families of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Aseta Simms, Ricky Bishop, Paul Jemmott, Harry Stanley, Glenn Howard, Mikey Powell, Jason McPherson, Lloyd Butler, Azelle Rodney, Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Olaseni Lewis, David Emmanuel (aka Smiley Culture), Kingsley Burrell, Demetre Fraser, Mark Duggan and Anthony Paul Grainger to name but a few.
Hundreds of families, friends and supporters attended the event including Defend the Right to Protest, Linton Kwesi-Johnson, 4WardEver UK, Birmingham Strong Justice4All, INQUEST, Black Mental Health UK and many others.
A letter was delivered to the prime minister at 10 Downing Street successfully, a direct opposite of the unrest that sparked at last years event.
We look forward to further support of UFFC over the coming year.
A pre-event report:
Friends and families of those that have died in the custody figures are to hold a press conference this morning (Oct 26) asking for greater accountability and action. The media briefing, which is expected to get underway at 11.00am, comes ahead of an annual demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s official residence tomorrow (Oct 27).
The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC), a coalition of relatives of young men and women that have died in state custody, are to march to Number 10 Downing Street to demand change in how deaths in custody cases are managed.
UFFC say that more can be done about legislation around investigations into deaths in custody.
The group said that the procession is “of crucial importance that those who have been directly impacted by custodial deaths have the opportunity to express their views in the political arena.”
They say that the event will be an opportunity to find out the current position of families in relation to the existing investigative and judicial framework around custodial deaths.
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28 October 2012