15 years after Ken Fero’s ground-breaking film Injustice, which examined deaths in police custody, comes a compelling follow-up ‘Ultraviolence’ that feels as timely as ever. Screens at BFI Film Festival, 12 October 2020.
In a month when South Africans are observing the 43rd anniversary of the controversial death in police custody of Steven Bantu Biko, there seems to be a vital need today for leaders of his calibre.
Ken Fero’s film, ‘Injustice’ documented deaths in police custody during the 1990s. Campaigners have petitioned for it to be shown on Channel 4 – but now it will screen at the British Film Institute in London.
The sister of Christopher Alder who died in police custody is continuing her long battle for justice for her brother, with plans to launch a legal challenge against South Yorkshire Police.
There’s been 1750+ deaths in custody or following police contact in the UK since 1990. The police have never been held accountable for these killings. In recent months, there has been increasing scrutiny on policing.
“I am concerned about excited delirium or whatever.” These were the words spoken by a fellow police officer as Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for the final eight minutes of his life.
In the UK, there is often a perception that racism is not as prevalent an issue as it is in the US. Yet, as BLM protests have erupted across the globe the UK’s overt and covert racism has come to a head.
An IRR News researcher speaks to scholars and campaigners across the country about the disproportionate use of Tasers on over-policed BME communities, as the IOPC announces an inquiry into police discrimination.