Tag: Race & Society

Call for inquiry into death in custody

Protesters in Sydney have called for an independent inquiry into the death of an Aboriginal man in police custody in Alice Springs. Around 50 people rallied outside the NT Tourism office in Sydney on Wednesday calling for an end to the controversial intervention policy which they say led to 28-year-old Terrance Briscoe’s death.

Feeling passionately about custody deaths

Hundreds of people have died in custody in Britain over the last 30+ years. A disproportionate number of these were African-Caribbean men. Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody alone, not counting deaths in prison and psychiatric institutions. No one has ever been convicted for any of these deaths.

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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.”