Grand jury will not indict any cops for jailhouse death of Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

source: Raw Story
published: 21 December 2015

A Grand jury in Waller County, Texas ruled on Monday night that no officers should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, KTRK-TV reported.

Bland was found dead inside her jail cell on July 13 with a trash bag wrapped around her neck, three days after video of her arrest sparked a national outcry against use of excessive force against black Americans. Her death was later ruled to be a suicide.

Bland’s mother, argued in a wrongful death suit filed against county and state officials that Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente showed “deliberate indifference” to any risk of Bland killing herself inside her cell. The county responded by blaming “her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail” for Bland’s death.

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‘Major missed opportunity will mean that many lives continue to be wasted’

Borstal young offender cellsource: Toby Harris – TheJusticeGap
published: 20 December 2015

You wait nearly nine months for the Government response to your review – then they issue 36 reports on the same day. The independent review I led into self-inflicted deaths of young people in prison was submitted to the Ministry of Justice on 2 April 2015 and published as The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives on 1 July 2015. The Government’s response was finally issued on 17 December 2015.

So was the wait worth it?

The review itself was the most comprehensive independent examination of penal policy for a generation rooted in an enormous volume of evidence and research and underpinned by a detailed analysis of the tragic cases of 87 young people who died in prison between April 2007 and the end of 2013. Since when, there have been a further 29 self-inflicted deaths of young people in NOMS custody.

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Officer who shot Tottenham man Jermaine Baker is suspended

Jermaine Baker
Jermaine Baker

source: The Voice Online
published: 15 December 2015

A police firearms officer has been suspended and could face prosecution following the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Jermaine Baker. The father-of-two from Tottenham, north London, died from a single gunshot wound during a police operation near Wood Green Crown Court on Friday (Dec 12).

A stand-off with police after attempts to help gang members Izzet Eren, 32, and Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi, 29, to escape on their way to court resulted in Baker being killed, it has been reported.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has launched a criminal homicide investigation into the death. This could see the police face murder or manslaughter charges.

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