UFFC’s letter to Nick Herbert’s letter in reply to our letter to the Prime Minister

January 31, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Race & Society by UFFC Admin

Letter sent to Nick Herbert
(Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice):
30th January 2012

The Rt. Hon Nick Herbert MP
Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Dear Mr Herbert

Re: Deaths in State Custody

Thank you for your letter of 7 December 2011 in reply to our letter to the Prime Minister of 28 October.

You state that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (the “IPCC”), a public body providing a specific service to the public is “independent – ‘by law’ – and they make their decisions independently of the police”. You thereafter go on to outline the definition for what this means and to whom the IPCC are accountable and the procedures – by law – taken by the IPCC. We thank you for your clarification.

We note that you make no reference to any report to the fact that 8 out of 9 senior investigators within the IPCC are ex-police officers. Neither do you comment on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into the work of the IPCC and that the IPCC ‘fail to inspire public confidence’.

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United families launch 100,000 No:10 custody deaths petition

January 20, 2012 in Appeals, Petitions, Breaking News by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) have launched an ambitious petition appeal that calls for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody.

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who died in psychiatric and immigration detention. It also has members and supporters from campaign groups and advocacy organisations from across the UK.

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report published in 2011 states: in total, there were 5,998 deaths recorded for the 11 years from 2000 to 2010. This is an average of 545 deaths per year. Despite the fact there have been 11 unlawful killing verdicts since 1990 there has never been a successful prosecution.

US civil rights veteran, Rev Jesse Jackson supports the inquiry campaign.

Click banner to sign petition

Campaign representatives have said; “Our joint efforts have yielded some results.

However, these have not addressed the lack of justice in the many outstanding cases. Some of these are listed here >

“We believe that equitable dispensation justice in the UK must be done and be seen to be done if the general public are to enjoy high levels of trust and confidence in the fair administration of justice.

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Follow UFFC on Facebook

January 15, 2012 in Site Announcements by Larry Fedja

Follow UFFC on Facebook!

You can now also keep up to date with our updates, discussions and events on the new

You can now follow e-bulletins from UFFC Campaign Central right on its Facebook Group (auto-published). UFFC publish frequent news on updates of deaths in custody, events, family updates and more.

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