Human Rights

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Government responds to UFFC custody death reform demands

The following are excerpts from the full letter from Nick Herbert (Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice): 7th December 2011. “I can assure you that the Government regrets every death in state custody. The lndependent Police Complaints commission (IPCC) is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established in 2004 under the Police Reform Act 2002 to provide a specific service to the public on behalf of the Home office.”

Protest against UK deaths in police custody

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.

Tippa Naphtali - Mikey Powell Campaign/4WardEver

Campaigner: ‘Pressure cuts deaths in custody’

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”.

4th anniversary of Gilly Mundy’s death

17 March 2011 will mark four years since the death of one of the stalwarts of the campaign movement against deaths in police custody and abuse by police and prison officers in the United Kingdom. Gilly saved three lives and restored the sight of two others when he donated his organs after his death in March 2007.

As a campaigner and activist, Gilly Singh Mundy, who died suddenly aged 36, managed to cram so much into his own life and touch the lives of many in a positive, life-affirming way.