Michael Powell died aged 38 in September 2003 after being detained outside his mother’s house in Wilton Street, Lozells. Ten West Midlands police officers were all cleared of using excessive force during a criminal trial at Leicester Crown Court in 2006.
Custody Deaths & Abuse
In a true story that shook the city of Leeds in the early 1970s, Eclipse Theatre presents a harrowing account of The Hounding of David Oluwale.
The popular chant from Elland Road Kop in the late 1960s – “The river Aire is chilly and deep, Olu-wa-le; Never trust the Leeds police, Olu-wa-a-le” – doesn’t actually feature in The Hounding of David Oluwale, Oladipo Agboluaje’s adaptation of Kester Aspden’s harrowing book.
Colin Roach, aged 21 years, died in January 1983 after receiving a fatal gunshot wound in 1983 while in the custody of Stoke Newington police station, London.
“I was actually just down the road when it happened and I was amongst the first people to gather outside the police station” says Zephaniah.
The case of Colin Roach featured in the documentary film ‘INJUSTICE’ Within the film the case was mentioned by Graham Smith who was very involved in the Colin Roach campaign.
The mother of Jean Charles de Menezes wept as she joined a 300-strong protest calling for an end to the deaths of people in state custody. Maria Otone de Menezes, 63, and her elder son Giovani da Silva, 36, marched to Downing Street alongside people whose loved ones died in police custody, prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
Police informant found hanged in his cell in 2002 had told solicitor he wanted to retract false statements he had made in a series of court cases.