Author: Tippa Naphtali

Wrong man was executed in Texas

He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.

Cancer patient died in handcuffs after nurses called police

A grieving family yesterday demanded to know why a frail dad died in handcuffs on a cancer ward. Philmore Mills, 57, who was on round-the-clock oxygen and had a tumour on his lung, died as he lay face down on the floor. He had been restrained by two hospital guards and two police officers after becoming agitated, and stopped breathing with his hands still cuffed behind his back.

‘A true horror story’: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre

“My name’s Kevin Raymond Young and I’m 52 years old.” There’s something desperate about the way Young says it, as if he’s clinging to the wreckage of his identity. Young was 17 when he was sent to Medomsley detention centre in County Durham. He’d already had a tough life – taken into care at two, sexually and physically abused by those who were meant to look after him.

Feeling passionately about custody deaths

Hundreds of people have died in custody in Britain over the last 30+ years. A disproportionate number of these were African-Caribbean men. Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody alone, not counting deaths in prison and psychiatric institutions. No one has ever been convicted for any of these deaths.