United Families & Friends Campaign take part in the 20th annual remembrance procession down Whitehall in London.
On Saturday, members of the UFFC, a coalition of family and friends of individuals who have died in the custody of police, prison officers and other authorities, delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street.
In 2017/2018, twenty-three people died in or following police custody, the highest number in 10 years.
Above left and below: Remembering Kevin Clark who died in southeast London last month after being restrained by up to 9 police officer while having a mental health crisis.
So far there has never been a successful prosecution for manslaughter following a death in custody, despite unlawful killing verdicts in coroner’s inquests. The last time a police officer was successfully prosecuted for the death of somebody in custody was in 1969.
Seni Lewis’s mother Ajibola. In 2010, Olaseni Lewis, a 23-year-old IT graduate, collapsed at Bethlem Royal Hospital after being restrained by 11 police officers. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead three days later.
In October 2017, six cops were cleared of any wrong doing. After the coroner ruled out a finding of unlawful killing, the jury identified a litany of failures by both police and medical staff that contributed to Lewis’s death. “The excessive force, pain compliance techniques and multiple mechanical restraints were disproportionate and unreasonable. On the balance of probability, this contributed to the cause of death”.
top left: Nuno Cardoso, a law student, died in a police van after he was arrested in Oxford last year.
bottom left: Lisa, the sister of Mark Cole who died when police tasered him in Falmouth in 2017.
right: Leroy Junior Medford, father of seven, died in police custody in Reading on April 2. 2017.
Mark Cole, 30 yrs old and father of two, died after being tasered in 2017.
Raj Mahay (left) thirty years on is still campaigning for a fresh investigation into the death of his mother Kishni Mahay who was killed by a speeding police car in 1989.