INQUEST’s casework has shown that a disproportionate number of those who die in all forms of detention or following contact with the police following the use of force or serious neglect are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. INQUEST is concerned that institutional racism has been a contributory factor.
Month: November 2013
Mark Duggan’s DNA and fingerprints were not found on a gun which police claim he was holding when he was killed, a jury heard today. Mr Duggan was shot dead by armed police officers in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, when the minicab he was travelling in was stopped in August 2011.
A prisoner on suicide watch took a fatal overdose just days after burning the initials DNR for ‘do not resuscitate’ into his chest, an inquest has heard. David Ward, 45, was serving 18 years at Bullingdon Prison, near Bicester, for eight counts of rape and two of sexual assault on a teenage girl.
Chained To The Prison Gates: A new perspective on protests by campaigners Pauline Campbell and Violet Van der Elst. Two women who campaigned tirelessly for penal reform after enduring personal tragedy are the subject of an enlightening new report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
A juror from the Trayvon Martin murder case recently spoke out about her experience, saying that the trial ruined her life. She also stated that she believes George Zimmerman was really guilty and that holding his gun has caused her great stress. The only minority juror in the Trayvon Martin murder case has been making a lot of noise lately.
A Royal Marine has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011.
The sister of an Exeter man who died after a restraint was fasten across his face in police custody said the family are bracing themselves for a “horrendous fight” for justice. Thomas Orchard died a year ago at the age of 32 after the restraint was placed across his face at Heavitree Road Police station following his arrest in the city centre.
Written by INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG) members and invited contributors, Inquest Law Magazine informs practitioners about recent legal developments relating to the inquest system and the investigation of sudden deaths, with extensive casenotes with a particular focus on deaths in custody written by the leading lawyers in the field.The magazine also keeps practitioners informed of policy developments in related areas.