Fathers Day vigils make a mark

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

On 17th June 2012 people gathered at peaceful vigils to remember fathers that have died in police, prison, mental health and immigration detention.

These nationally organised peaceful vigils took place simultaneously in Manchester, Birmingham, Central London, Brixton, Tottenham, Sheffield, Slough, High Wycombe and a number of other locations across the country.

Tippa Naphtali, Mikey Powell Campaign & 4WardEver UK said; “These deaths have just got to stop. Family campaigners need to take matters into our hands in a manner more unprecedented than anything seen before. We need to adopt intelligent and collaborative responses, working with a single vision and strategy”.

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report published in 2011 stated: 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.

A UFFC campaign spokesperson said;

“Despite the fact there have been 11 unlawful killing verdicts since 1990 there has never been a successful prosecution.

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Family calls for permanent memorial to Ian Tomlinson

June 23, 2012 in Appeals, Petitions, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

adapted from: Ian Tomlinson Campaign 
published: 31 March 2012

Ian Tomlinson’s family [marked] the third anniversary of [his] death with the launch of a petition, which calls on the City of London Corporation to agree to the creation of a permanent memorial at the spot where he died.

With the manslaughter trial coming soon in June, the family have decided not to make any further comment on the anniversary, but believe that a plaque marking where Ian died would be a fitting tribute to his memory – and ensure that his death is not forgotten.

The petition can be found here >

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Ian Tomlinson, a 47-year-old newspaper seller, died on 1st April 2009 after being assaulted at least once by officers policing the G20 demonstrations in London. He had been trying to walk home from work when he was confronted by police, hit with a baton and thrown to the ground.

Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the Ian was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear.

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National Fathers Day vigils to be held UK-wide

June 7, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Events, Remembrance by UFFC Admin

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Friday 8 June 2012

National Fathers Day Vigils to Remember All That Have Died in Custody

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17th June 2012 between 12noon to 3pm
At locations throughout the UK

A number of peaceful vigils will be taking place around the country on the same date and time in remembrance of fathers that have died in various forms of custody.

The vigils were initially triggered by the family of Wayne Hamilton from Sheffield. Wayne, aged 24, was found dead in a Sheffield canal on 16th June 2010. He had been reported missing by his worried family on 11th June when a friend rang them to say the last time he had seen Wayne he was running off with police officers chasing him.

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