Traditionally, a letter is hand delivered to 10 Downing Street with the demands to reform state custody practices and procedures. This years letter was sent by post and is reproduced in full in this article.
The author of a high-profile report into deaths in custody says she is disappointed its demands for reform of the police, justice system and health service appear to have been “kicked into the long grass”.
In September 2020 the IOPC released details of their Impact report and Strategic plan for the period 2018-2022, setting out improvement plans for policing practice and reducing future risks.
The home secretary is to consider the case for a public inquiry into the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings. The blasts at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs killed 21 people and injured 220.
The shooting death of Arbery, 25, is a story about a mother’s relentless pursuit for the truth of what happened to her son. It’s also a case that has raised questions about race and racism in the United States.
An inquest released on 9 October concluded that excessive use of force by Metropolitan Police Officers and “serious failures” by public service providers contributed to Kevin Clarke’s death in police custody.
The government may be trying to “run down the clock” until a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane becomes pointless. Counsel for his widow claimed that his death has never been properly investigated.
Families of people who have died in police custody have expressed serious concerns about a new policy which gives anonymity to the officers involved. Campaign groups and relatives say it will be harder to hold police accountable.