“We have law in this land. We don’t have justice.” Bereaved families search for answers…


Justice for John Gardiner
Justice for John Gardiner : Image credit Khushbu Hussain

source: SW Londoner
published: 14 November 2017

The death of his uncle led Jamie Gardiner on a journey from Blackburn to central London. Alongside three relatives, he joined around 200 other bereaved friends and family for the annual United Friends and Families Campaign (UFFC) march on Saturday 29 October.

Established in 1997, the UFFC is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

Mr Gardiner wore a white t-shirt bearing an image of his uncle John Gardiner, who died after being arrested by Lancashire Police on May 10 1996.

An inquest into John Gardiner’s death delivered an open verdict, despite the severity of the injuries sustained, the fact he was handcuffed at the time and that the events leading to his death took place in a street with witnesses.

“We have law in this land. We don’t have justice, in our eyes,” Jamie said.

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