Bereaved families and INQUEST have launched a campaign, Now or Never! Legal Aid for Inquests. This follows the decision by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to reject widely supported proposals and overwhelming evidence in favour of fair legal funding for bereaved people.
The campaign is calling for the government to reconsider this decision and urgently introduce automatic non-means tested legal aid funding to bereaved families following a state-related death. The detail of this proposal is outlined in a new briefing by INQUEST.
Activists have created a new petition in the name of Tamir Rice, this time asking Cuyahoga County’s Democratic nominee for prosecutor to press on with a criminal case against two police officers involved in the 12-year-old’s shooting death.
The change.org petition asks Michael O’Malley, who is running unopposed in the November general election, to expose transcripts of grand jury proceedings from the investigation into Tamir’s death.
O’Malley beat incumbent prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty in a primary election that analysts believe was influenced by McGinty’s decision not to recommend criminal indictments against the two officers involved in the Nov. 22, 2014 shooting outside Cudell Recreation Center.
There are far too many suicides of young people in our community. My own daughter Kesia Leatherbarrow took her own life aged 17 in December 2013, after being completely let down by the mental health services despite her desperate need for help.
Since then there have been an alarming number of young people taking their own lives due to inadequate mental health provision in the UK.
In 2014 Deborah’s beautiful son Tyler Smith died after falling from a viaduct aged 19, whilst suffering a mental health crisis.