Report: 14th Annual UFFC Demo October 2012

October 23, 2012 in Civil Unrest, Protest, Events, Home Feature by 4WardEverUK

all credits:  Tippa Naphtali
published: 28 October 2012

4WardEver UK commends the United Families & Friends Campaign for pulling off a successful and peaceful rally and demonstration in London on Saturday 27th October 2012 in Central London.

The United Families and 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 are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. It includes the families of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Aseta Simms, Ricky Bishop, Paul Jemmott, Harry Stanley, Glenn Howard, Mikey Powell, Jason McPherson, Lloyd Butler, Azelle Rodney, Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Olaseni Lewis, David Emmanuel (aka Smiley Culture), Kingsley Burrell, Demetre Fraser, Mark Duggan and Anthony Paul Grainger to name but a few.

Hundreds of families, friends and supporters attended the event including Defend the Right to Protest, Linton Kwesi-Johnson, 4WardEver UK, l, INQUEST, Black Mental Health UK and many others.

A letter was delivered to the prime minister at 10 Downing Street successfully, a direct opposite of the unrest that sparked at last years event.

We look forward to further support of UFFC over the coming year.

Tippa Naphtali
4WardEver UK & Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice

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Police must hand over Azelle Rodney footage, judge rules

October 23, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Reform & Corruption by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: Socialist Worker
published: 16 October 2012

A judge has ruled that the police must hand over video footage to the legal team of the family of Azelle Rodney. Azelle was shot by a police officer at point blank range in April 2005.

The Met had lodged a judicial review against a ruling that the family’s legal team should be allowed to see the footage. The legal team wanted to see the video so they could argue it should be released.

There was no inquest into Azelle’s death because police said information gathered covertly should be kept secret for national security reasons.

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Prison deaths rise as cuts take effect

October 23, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Reform & Corruption by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: The Guardian
published: 19 October 2012

Resource cutbacks are putting an increasing strain on the prison system in England and Wales, with a growing current of deaths, attempted suicides and assaults, according to the chief inspector of prisons.

Nick Hardwick, in his annual report, says there has been a general improvement in jail conditions, with many prisons responding positively to the government’s “rehabilitation revolution”, but progress has been uneven and is now under threat.

He says progress, particularly on safety and providing a decent environment, appears to have stalled as the prison population has risen from 85,400 in March 2011 to 87,531 in March 2012.

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