source: National Memorial Family Fund
published: 22 July 2021
This event will mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell in West Midlands police custody, and celebrate 5 years of the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund developed by his cousin, Tippa Naphtali, in September 2015.
The event will also be screening Migrant Media’s new film ULTRAVIOLENCE, and there will be a panel Q&A on the issues raised in the film with a view to moving forward positively on issues of contention between the community, police and other statutory agencies.
Listen to Tippa Naphtali (founder of the Family Fund) joined by
Ken Fero & Michelle Kelly
Unity FM 93.5 FM (www.unityfm.net) ‘What Shape Are You In’ aired on 28 October 2020
Q&A Panel Members:
- Ken Fero: ULTRAVIOLENCE Filmmaker
- Sieta Lambrias: (sister of Mikey Powell)
- Simon Foster: (West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner)
- Derrick Campbell (Independent Office for Police Conduct, Commissioner)
- Beresford Dawkins (Birmingham &Solihull Mental Health Trust)
- Dr David Baker (Criminologist/Author- Liverpool University)
The struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody.
The silence over the police killings of Black people is now broken. Since 1969, over two thousand people have died at the hands of the police in the UK. Shootings, chokeholds, batons, gassing, suffocation, restraint and brutal beatings are some of the methods used. The numbers of deaths is escalating.
Inevitably police officers involved are not convicted for these killings. In this documentary, the families of the victims of police violence demand justice. They ask why society ignores human rights abuses by agents of the state. This reflection on resistance is poignant and political, capturing the brutality and trauma as well as the unrelenting fightback of those who will not be silent about state violence.
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