NINE YEARS ON: Family pay tribute to ‘beloved’ Habib Ullah

Habib Ullah & Family

Habib Ullah & Family

source: Bucks Free Press
published: 3 July 2017

The family of a man who died while being restrained by Thames Valley Police officers have paid tribute to their “beloved” relative on the ninth anniversary of his death.

Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah died during a police stop-and-search in Sharrow Vale in High Wycombe on July 3, 2008 after a package of class A drugs became lodged in his throat.

A month-long inquest into Mr Ullah’s death in February 2015 concluded the 39-year-old did not die as a result of an “unlawful killing” however found police officers “poorly managed” the situation.

Mr Ullah’s family vowed to fight for justice following his death and launched campaign group “Justice for Paps”..

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Campaign charity INQUEST launches its Skills and Support Toolkit

Police station demo

source: INQUEST
published: 11 December 2015

INQUEST launched an online version of its Skills and Support Toolkit on 16th December. This resource, funded by the Big Lottery, has been developed with the help of a number of families, including INQUEST’s Family Reference Group, all of whom have had direct experience of a relative who has died in custody or detention.

The toolkit’s purpose is to help bereaved people navigate their way through the protracted inquest process and to build a range of skills to support their rights and access to information. Individuals can learn basic skills such as, how to plan and organise information ahead of an inquest, speak in public, as well as some more advanced skills such as campaigning, speaking to media or lobbying a Member of Parliament. Continue reading

New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police - see-no-evilsource: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

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