Dad-of-two Lenny McCourt died after falling ill following his arrest, having been sprayed with an incapacitant, handcuffed, and transported in the back of a police van from his home in Ash Crescent, Seaham, to cells in Peterlee.
As we enter into a new year, it’s important that we do not forget the indictment and pending trial of a former Texas police officer, on murder charges in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, an African American woman.
In 2004, a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer pursued a speeding truck. The officer followed to pull over the driver. The ultimate outcome of the stop was that police shot and killed the driver, 21-year-old Michael Bell Jr.
The Home Secretary’s role in approving police use of less lethal weapons has been strengthened, in the first change to the firearms code for 17 years. The new code brings greater clarity to the process of approving use of less lethal weapons.
Human rights groups and lawyers have criticised French police restraint techniques after a 42-year-old delivery driver died after being held on the ground during a police check near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The British government has been accused of treating the family of Gerry Conlon with contempt after files relating to the Guildford Four were sealed until the end of this century, and will not be made public for decades.
Balloons and Chinese lanterns were let off in Coventry last night as friends and family of Sean Fitzgerald marked the one-year anniversary of his death. Crowds gathered at the grave of Mr Fitzgerald, who was shot dead during an armed police raid.
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