“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.

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Sturgeon refuses to back custody inquiry after death of local man

Sheku Bayoh & Family
Sheku Bayoh & Family

source: Evening Telegraph
published: 7 November 2017

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to commit to a full inquiry into custody arrangements in Scotland in the wake of the death of Sheku Bayoh in Fife two years ago.

However, the SNP leader promised her government would see what lessons could be learned from a UK inquiry. Dame Elish Angiolini’s report called for a ban on former police officers leading custody death investigations. She also wanted a team of independent investigators to be on call 24 hours a day.

Mr Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Kirkcaldy in May 2015.

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Baltimore officers will face no federal charges in death of Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray
Freddie Gray

source: New York Times
published: 12 September 2017

Six Baltimore police officers will face no federal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died of a severe spinal cord injury while in custody, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

“After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient,” the department said in a statement, adding that it was unable to prove the officers “willfully violated Gray’s civil rights.”

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