Maya Angelou, the American poet and author, died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday. She was 86. Her son, Guy B Johnson, confirmed the news in a statement. He said: “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.
Month: May 2014
A police watchdog has cleared officers of any blame after a man died when he fell from the 11th floor of a Birmingham tower block in a bid to escape arrest. The Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled that officers who attempted to apprehend Demetre Fraser from an address in Moor House, Druids Heath, were not to blame for his death.
An investigation has been launched by the police watchdog into the death of a man who was arrested while at hospital in Leeds. The 46-year-old, who was wanted on a warrant over theft allegations, was arrested by West Yorkshire Police officers at Leeds General Infirmary on Sunday night and taken to the new Elland Road police station.
Shawn Drumgold spent 14 years locked away, unfairly convicted in the slaying of a girl felled by gunfire while she chatted with friends in Roxbury more than two decades ago. Now, the City of Boston has agreed that it should pay a price for Drumgold’s errant incarceration.
Top lawyers have expressed dismay about changes made to the commission of inquiry into the deaths of 34 South African mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, which they say mean key participants including government ministers, are now unlikely to be properly probed.
Remembrance and tribute articles are added to the 4WardEver website as often as possible. They will chart some of the heroes and sheroes of our times, and cases of significance that have shaped society’s development, history and judiciary.
Eddie Murray died while in police custody in 1981 and his family and supporters are demanding a new inquiry into his death. They claim missing clothes and a coroner’s report, which proved he suffered a broken sternum while in custody, were proof that he was murdered.
The Guardians’ ‘Justice on Trial’ is an ongoing series that aims to highlight cases where there are major concerns of a miscarriage of justice. Since the 1980s and 90s a flow of cases has undermined public confidence in the justice system.