No convictions over 500 black and Asian deaths in custody

Police - see-no-evilsource: The Guardian
published: 21 March 2015

More than 500 black and ethnic minority individuals have died in suspicious circumstances while in state detention over the past 24 years, but not a single official has been successfully prosecuted, a report examining institutional racism has revealed.

The report, by the Institute of Race Relations, concludes that too little has changed to prevent black and Asian people dying in detention and that seemingly racist attitudes remain a concern, with a “large proportion of these deaths involving undue force and many more a culpable lack of care”. Continue reading

High Wycombe police officers face misconduct hearing after misadventure verdict

Police in Jacketsource: Get Bucks
published: 3 March 2015

Thames Valley Police officers will face a misconduct hearing concerning the death of a man nearly seven years ago. Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah, 39, of Slough, Berkshire, collapsed during a routine stop and search in a car park in High Wycombe in July 2008.

During the search by Thames Valley Police officers, he had breathing problems and later died in hospital. At the inquest, which ended yesterday, the the 11 jurors gave a verdict of misadventure, with a narrative conclusion attached.

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Habib Inquest Day Nineteen 2nd March 2015

Inquest Verdict - March 2015

Inquest Verdict – March 2015

‘We are pleased that we have a critical narrative verdict. It’s been an extremely difficult time for the family since my brother died at the hands of Thames Valley Police. What is so hard to accept is that it has taken almost seven years for an inquest to be completed into his death. All these years of fighting has taken a tremendous toll on the family.’

Yesterday was the last day of the inquest so after exactly one month from the first day of the proceedings we were finally at the end. It’s been a tough experience for the family but has given some closure as this time the inquest actually completed.

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