Sister loses Hull custody death discrimination claim

March 20, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Candy Bell

originally by: BBC News
17th March 2011

The sister of a man who died in police custody in Hull has lost a racial discrimination case against the Crown Prosecution Service. Janet Alder alleged the CPS racially discriminated against her during her dealings with them after the death of her brother, Christopher.

Judge Penelope Belcher, at Leeds County Court, said she shared concerns that racism played a part in his death. But she dismissed claims that Ms Alder was treated in a racist manner.

Mr Alder, 37, choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a Hull police station in 1998. After his death a coroner’s jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest.

In 2002 five Humberside Police officers went on trial accused of manslaughter and misconduct in public office. They were cleared of all charges at Teesside Crown Court.

During the discrimination hearing, between 20 September and 3 December 2010, Ms Alder said she believed crucial information relating to race was left out of the trial because people involved in the prosecution did not want them to be convicted.

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Reggae star Smiley Culture dies during a Surrey police raid

March 16, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: OBV
16th March 2011

The sudden death of UK reggae icon Smiley Culture during a police raid by the Metropolitan Police Serious and Organised Crime Squad has sent shockwaves through the UK urban music scene and black communities. Questions are being raised within Black communities in London over reports that the former singer ‘killed himself’.

There is a growing consensus that the reggae star may have been involved in a struggle with police officers that may have contributed to the stars untimely death.

Met Officers aided by Surrey officers raided the home of Smiley Culture, in Warlingham Surrey, early yesterday morning. At this stage it’s not clear what the reason for the raid was or indeed what happened once the police arrived. What is known is that within 35 minutes of the police arriving Smiley Culture was dead. The police version of events was that Smiley had “stabbed himself to death” whilst in police custody.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Compliant Commission who is now conducting an independent investigation. The incident is set to be discussed at the forthcoming monthly meeting Lambeth Police Consultative Group early next month.

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Gilly Mundy Remembered

March 15, 2011 in Remembrance by UFFC Admin

compiled from various sources: 4WardEver UK
13th March 2011

17 March 2011 will mark four years since the death of one of the stalwarts of the campaign movement against deaths in police custody and abuse by police and prison officers in the United Kingdom. Gilly saved three lives and restored the sight of two others when he donated his organs after his death in March 2007. Read more of this >

Friend and colleague Kevin Blowe said: “As a campaigner and activist, Gilly managed to cram so much into his own life and touch the lives of so many others that it is almost too painful to imagine what more he could have achieved.

“As well as supporting victims of racist violence in East London while at the NMP, he worked for the Lawrence Family Campaign during the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence’s murder.”

As a campaigner and activist, Gilly Singh Mundy, who died suddenly aged 36, managed to cram so much into his own life and touch the lives of many in a positive, life-affirming way. For the last nine years of his life he had been senior caseworker for INQUEST, the charity that advises relatives of those who have died in custody.

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