Tag: Race & Society

Parliament Big Ben

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.”

Police Line

Anger at Met Police tactics on demo

Campaigners challenged Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan‑Howe last Thursday over “aggressive and degrading treatment” at a recent demonstration against deaths in custody. The activists from the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) demanded answers at a meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Protest against UK deaths in police custody

Once again, this year, like every year hundreds gathered for the annual march against deaths in police custody in Britain. Most of those here are family members who say they have lost loved ones at the hands of the police. Like the family of Sean Riggs who died on 21 August 2008. A 40-year old musician, he was arrested in the street by four officers and taken to a nearby police station. He was placed in a metal cage in the yard. 20 minutes later he was dead.

Police convicted of post-Katrina shootings

A jury has convicted five New Orleans police officers of shooting dead two African Americans during the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and trying to cover-up the killings. The police officers were found guilty on 25 counts and could now face life imprisonment after being convicted of the deaths of two unarmed African American civilians in the days after Katrina devastated the southern town.