A judge has set aside a dubious, 45-year-old finding into the purported suicide of an anti-Apartheid activist, ruling on Thursday that he was tortured and killed by South African police.
Custody Deaths & Abuse
Established in 1997, the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), is a national coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison, immigration and psychiatric custody, and which also supports others in similar situations.
Four inmates have died at Nottingham Prison in the past four weeks, the BBC has learned. A source, who wanted to remain anonymous, said three deaths were suicide and one was drugs-related, but the causes have not been confirmed.
Every year since 1999, the UFFC holds its annual remembrance procession from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street to remember loved ones who have died in custody. We have been marching for the past 19 years – join us this year!
A former senior Metropolitan police officer and relative of Rashan Charles, whose death sparked protests in east London, has said that the family is being treated with “disdain” by the force he served for 30 years.
Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel has given unique and detailed scrutiny to the issue of deaths in custody. He’s spoken extensively to the families of men who have killed themselves or died in prisons, or police cells.
Three police officers have been found not guilty of lying under oath about a man who died while in custody. Kingsley Burrell, 29, died from cardiac arrest in March 2011, four days after being detained by police.
On 12 January 2011 Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26 year old with Down-syndrome, died in police custody after a dispute over an unpaid movie ticket. His death was considered homicide by asphyxiation at the hands of three off duty police officers.