Sister loses custody death discrimination claim

originally by: BBC News
17th March 2011

The sister of a man who died in police custody in Hull has lost a racial discrimination case against the Crown Prosecution Service. Janet Alder alleged the CPS racially discriminated against her during her dealings with them after the death of her brother, Christopher.

Judge Penelope Belcher, at Leeds County Court, said she shared concerns that racism played a part in his death. But she dismissed claims that Ms Alder was treated in a racist manner.

Mr Alder, 37, choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a Hull police station in 1998. After his death a coroner’s jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest. In 2002 five Humberside Police officers went on trial accused of manslaughter and misconduct in public office. They were cleared of all charges at Teesside Crown Court.

During the discrimination hearing, between 20 September and 3 December 2010, Ms Alder said she believed crucial information relating to race was left out of the trial because people involved in the prosecution did not want them to be convicted.

She said analysis of the video of the events in the custody suite revealed the sound of monkey noises being made and that one officer is heard referring to “banana boats”.

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