Tippa Naphtali of the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) spoke on behalf of families all over the country when he was invited onto the Joe Aldred Show, a popular current affairs programme produced by BBC West Midlands. Tippa outlined a critical historical starting point in the history of custody deaths starting with that of David Oluwale a Nigerian vagrant persecuted by police for a number of years.
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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.