“At 11pm on 7th November 2015, I got the phone call that every mum and dad dreads. The governor from the now closed prison, Glen Parva, phoned to say that my child Jake had tried to take his own life.”
Tag: Deaths in custody remembrance
The death of Rashan Charles, and its aftermath, has tragic echoes of the case of Colin Roach. The 21-year-old was shot inside Stoke Newington police station 35 years ago, with the community convinced cops had a hand.
News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of Trump’s administration and party politics. But while most the attention was focused on his antics, police officers around the country killed over 1,000 civilians.
In the early hours of 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at the Fruitvale station in Oakland, California. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and made headlines nationwide.
The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday. The event commemorates the victims of police and state violence, saw 200 people march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street.
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.
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!
Forty years after police killed Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko, no one has been prosecuted. That’s despite five officers being denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.