source: 4WardEver UK
published: 29 December 2021
Take a look at the new gallery of images from the United Families & Friends Campaign annual rally and protest that took place in October 2021.
Many thanks for the contributions from the Justice for Allan Marshall Campaign, Prisoner Solidarity Network, Ken Fero, INQUEST, Kill The Bill, Down with the Police Bill and others.
In 2020 the event moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year the crowds were back in full swing to show support for families affected by state custody deaths and killings. This year the United Families & Friends Campaign annual rally and protest also showed solidarity with a simultaneous march and protest that was held with fellow campaigners that took place in Scotland.
Deaths in custody – including police, prison, secure hospital and immigration detention – are of concern for a number of reasons, including the intrinsic vulnerability of some of those in custody, the power imbalance inherent in the situation, and the almost insurmountable difficulties for families of the deceased to find out how someone died.
In the UK two civil society organisations attempt to break down the difficulties after such deaths. INQUEST, which provides casework services on deaths and facts and figures to the public and United Families and Friends Campaign, a networking group supporting families campaigning for justice. See a list of recent fatalities here.