Smiley protest march brings attention to deaths in custody

April 25, 2011 in Civil Unrest, Protest, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Sam Trojan

sounding new calls for justice

originally by: Ligali
16th April 2011

Over six hundred people marched across London in search of answers to the death of reggae artist David Emmanuel and other death in custody victims. The protest which was organised by the Campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture alongside other community campaigners such as Minkah Adofo, of the United Friends and Family Campaign (UFFC) campaign against deaths in police custody and Maxie Hayles, of the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (BRAMU) followed Smiley’s Friday funeral.

The peaceful protest led by a music playing float was a national effort attracting supporters from all across the UK. In particular the families of Sean Riggs, Julian Webster, and Wayne Hamilton as well as that of Kingsley Burrell Brown, another African who recently died after contact with British police officers united with the Emmanuel family and participated in the rally that travelled past the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and ended at the Metropolitan Police headquarters at Scotland Yard.

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IPCC investigates after east London man dies in police custody

April 25, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: The Guardian
19th April 2011

The independent police watchdog is investigating after a father-to-be died in police custody following an apparent altercation at a pub in east London. Friends of Michael Sweeney, 38, said he was in the Approach tavern, in Hackney, east London on Monday evening when police were called.

One friend told the Guardian that he had heard reports that more than 10 police officers had attended the scene and Sweeney was led away. He was pronounced dead later that evening at the Royal London Hospital.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said officers were called to the pub at 7.25pm following a report that there was a man on the premises in possession of a knife. “Officers attended and detained the man. He was taken to the Royal London hospital by police where the man subsequently died.”

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Hundreds pledge support for family of Kingsley Burrell

April 10, 2011 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Tippa Naphtali

call to end deaths and abuse in custody

originally by: Birmingham Mail
9th April 2011

Hundreds of people packed a city community centre to show their support for the family of a Birmingham father who died in police custody. The public meeting at the African Caribbean Millennium Centre in Dudley Road, Winson Green, was organised by the family of Kingsley Burrell, 29, who died just days after he was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into his death.

Kingsley’s sister Kadisha Brown-Burrell said her brother, who lived in Hockley, did not have mental health issues.

“Kingsley was a humble brother. He was a loving father, he was a loving family man,” she said.

“He called 999 for help and that was the help he got. He was a victim not a criminal.”

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