Woolwich death fall teen Shanice-Paris Goff formally identified

April 23, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

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published: 13 April 2012

THE teenager who plunged 17 storeys to her death in Woolwich has been formally identified as Shanice-Paris Goff. At around 9.30am on April 10 two plain clothes police attended an address in Hastings House, Mulgrave Road to carry out a routine arrest enquiry regarding a recall to prison.

This was a pre-planned arrest enquiry and the officers who called at the address were allowed entry.

Shortly after they entered 18-year-old Shanice-Paris of Beddington Road, St Paul’s Cray, fell from a bedroom window on the 17th floor. Initial information suggests she was in the room alone. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest will open and adjourn at 9.30am on April 17 at Greenwich Coroner’s Court.

A 19-year-old man was arrested by officers at the scene on suspicion of assisting an offender and was taken to a south London police station.

He has now been bailed to return in early June pending further inquiries.

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Protest: Abolish the IPCC

April 23, 2012 in Civil Unrest, Protest, Events by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

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Cops pledge CCTV in police vans after campaign

April 15, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Home Feature, Police & Prison Affairs by Larry Fedja

by: The Socialist Worker
published: 13th April 2012

London’s Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced his intention to install CCTV cameras in all police cars and vans. 

This has been a demand of the families of those who have died in police custody for many years.

Hogan-Howe told the LBC radio station, “If we misbehave it will capture it, but, equally, for the people who misbehave or make false allegations, it will capture it.”

But he added, “We have got to have a conversation with our staff because they may feel threatened by that.”

A number of custody deaths are believed to have taken place in police vehicles. And campaigners believe the cameras will help provide evidence in future cases. One such death was Sean Rigg at Brixton police station in 2008. There are many unanswered questions about Sean’s final moments as he was transported to the station in a police van.

Marcia Rigg, Sean’s sister and part of the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), told Socialist Worker that she was “delighted”.

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