Father died not knowing truth about daughter’s death

November 22, 2012 in Prison Deaths & Abuse, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: York Press
published: 13 November 2012

The heartbroken father of a York mum-of-one who died in police custody 17 months ago has himself died without ever knowing what happened to his daughter. 

Toni Emma Speck, of Huntington, died last June, after being detained under the Mental Health Act. She was taken from Bootham to Fulford Road police station but died after collapsing in her cell.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation followed and the 31-year-old’s family have fought for answers since.

Toni’s sisters Michaela Peters and Dawn Atkinson, of York, say their father, 67, died from a heart attack last Tuesday following complications with blood clots, and the last conversation he had with them was over his grief at not knowing what had happened leading up to Toni’s death.

The IPCC investigation finished more than six months ago but an inquest has not been held and the coroner has yet to release information requested by the family. The IPCC findings will not be released until after the inquest.

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Angry bereaved families march on Downing Street

November 3, 2012 in Civil Unrest, Protest, Events by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: IRR News  
published: 1 November 2012

On Saturday 27 October, over 500 people gathered to march from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street for the annual United Families and Friends Campaign remembrance procession for those that have died in state custody.

The march made its way slowly down Whitehall, led by the sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of those  that have died. A symbolic coffin on which was written all the names of the deceased was carried.

The march was joined this year by new families as well as those veterans that have marched each of the last fourteen years that the commemorative march has been held. Banners, placards and t-shirts recalled  Mikey Powell, Roger Sylvester, Azelle Rodney Ricky Bishop, Sean Rigg, Jimmy Mubenga, Sarah Campbell, Christopher Alder, Anthony Grainger, Olaseni Lewis, Billy Spiller, Kingsley Burrell, Demetre Fraser, Philmore Mills, Paul Coker, Mark Duggan and Mark Nunes.

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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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