The family of a church caretaker who died after being restrained in police custody say they feel “failed beyond belief” by a decision to dismiss misconduct charges against four officers.
Custody Deaths & Abuse
Police failings in the care of a man who swallowed a packet of drugs contributed to his death, an inquest ruled. The jury in the inquest of Leroy ‘Junior’ Medford ruled he died of a heroin overdose after being arrested in April 2017.
An inquest jury has concluded that police restraint of a man from Coventry who died days after being arrested contributed to his death. Darren Cumberbatch died in hospital nine days after being restrained by police in July 2017.
Several important steps have been made over the last two weeks on the thorny and long-ignored plight of the prosecution of post Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) cases.
Families and campaigns are invited to register for future grant applications. The National Memorial Family Fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody.
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One Saturday two summers ago, in the early hours, a young black man called Rashan Charles died on the floor of a Hackney convenience store. The police claimed that Rashan had been “taken ill” after “trying to swallow an object”.
The Rev. Joy Powell says she was “raped, railroaded and bamboozled” by police. Her crime? Being a poor Black woman who faced off against the police – protesting their violent brutality against Black people in Rochester, N.Y.C.