A watchdog has announced a review of the way it deals with police contact deaths following a BBC investigation. BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme found that official figures understated the number of people who die after being restrained by police.
Author: Larry Fedja
Once again, this year, like every year hundreds gathered for the annual march against deaths in police custody in Britain. Most of those here are family members who say they have lost loved ones at the hands of the police. Like the family of Sean Riggs who died on 21 August 2008. A 40-year old musician, he was arrested in the street by four officers and taken to a nearby police station. He was placed in a metal cage in the yard. 20 minutes later he was dead.
The emergence of DNA testing, and the ability to use the science of the body’s cells to solve crimes, has been a great help. However, in the past decades, DNA evidence wasn’t available.
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Tippa Naphtali is the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in 2003. He spoke to Socialist Worker. “We are launching a campaign to call for every police officer involved in arrests to wear body cameras. This would cost significantly less than legal and mitigation fees arising from custody deaths”.
Gov. Haley Barbour met Thursday (23rd Dec 2010) with the NAACP, a day after he suspended the double life sentences for Jamie and Gladys Scott, sisters who have spent years in prison for a robbery that netted $11.00.
The United Families and Friends Campaign UFFC, a coalition of families and friends of those who have died in the custody of police, prison and psychiatric hospital officials, organised a procession to Downing Street to give a letter to the Prime Minister. The police refused to let Samantha Rigg-David in Downing Street and they refused to accept it.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has identified “collective and organisational failings” in the Metropolitan police’s treatment of a teenager who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after telling them she feared for her life.