It’s been a tough 2012 for the family/campaign and a difficult six months in particular. A death of a loved one at the hands of the police has repercussions that impact on families for many years as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened. We are still awaiting a decision from CPS on whether there will be a criminal trial of those officers involved in Habib’s death
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”.
For immediate release: Friday 8 June 2012
National Fathers Day Vigils to Remember All That Have Died in Custody
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.