Investigating over 1500 custody deaths in the UK since 1991
On Sunday 3rd May 2015, Sheku Bayoh was killed by up to 11 police officers in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. His family want answers.
A report by INQUEST, published on 22nd October 2015 revealed that since 1990, there have been at least 1532 deaths in police custody, or following police contact, in the UK. Of this number, more than 500 victims came from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, despite people from minority backgrounds making up only 14% of the UK population. In the last 24 years, no officer has been punished for these deaths.
Produced by writer, poet, and activist, Siana Bangura and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Troy James Aidoo, 1500 And Counting is an independent documentary investigating over 1500 deaths in police custody in the UK since 1991 to the present day. Read more >
These Filmmakers Want To Shine A Light On Police Brutality In The U.K
Police brutality in the U.S. is a topic that’s seen mass media coverage in the past couple of years, but the same issue in the U.K. is not so widely discussed. Poet and journalist Siana Bangura and filmmaker Troy James Aidoo are seeking to change that.
The pair have been working with the family of Sheku Bayoh, a Sierra Leonean man who was killed by police in Scotland in May 2015, to produce a film called 1500 and Counting.
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“My name is Siana Bangura and I’m a writer, blogger, poet, and freelance journalist hailing from South East London. I am one half of a brilliant team hoping to tell you a painfully important story.”
‘1500 And Counting’ Snippets: Chris
1500 And Counting’ is a film investigating police brutality in the UK. Produced by writer, blogger, journalist and poet, Siana Bangura and directed by award-winning videographer, Troy James Aidoo, the film is due out in Summer 2016.
Sheku Bayoh documentary hears sister’s claims he was ‘killed like an animal’
Kosna Bayoh is seen speaking in front of MPs in the film 1500 And Counting, which will be screened later this year.
She said: “He was pushed, punched, he was kicked, brutally tortured, stamped on, killed like an animal. What was the police thinking at the time?
“Was it because of race? I don’t know. Who would want to see their loved one suffer the way Sheku did? That was really disgusting, traumatic and painful.”
Channel 4 Television presents special documentaries - from 1995 - examining the death of Joy Gardner in 1993 and the subsequent public campaign that culminated in the trial at the Old Bailey of those accused of causing her death. Read more