Melbourne, Australia – Vickie Roach was 12 the first time she was imprisoned.
Forty-eight years ago, in the early 1970s,she was arrested after running away from abusive foster homes and institutions.
“The morning after you arrive, you have to go see the doctor. They would examine you to see if you were pregnant or had STDs. And if you weren’t cooperative they would hold you down and do it,” said Roach, now 60.
For a young girl who had been sexually abused, this procedure was “traumatic”. But her contact with the criminal justice system in Australia began even earlier –when she was two.
Family and supporters of Rekia Boyd erupted into applause inside a Cook County courtroom Tuesday after a judge denied a request from Dante Servin, the former Chicago police detective who was charged and acquitted in her killing, to expunge any record of his criminal case from the public’s view.
In announcing his decision Tuesday, Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. said that just because Servin was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, that “does not make one innocent.” He based his ruling on the evidence prosecutors presented in the case in 2015, and the fact that the trial judge felt those facts better aligned with first-degree murder.
The inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being detained by police is set to continue before a jury this morning. Mzee Mohammed Daley , 18, had been detained following an incident at Liverpool ONE shopping centre, on the afternoon of July 13, 2016.
Mzee, originally from Toxteth but who was living in Kensington at the time, “became unwell” after being restrained by security staff and police and was later pronounced dead.
The inquest is set to last four weeks and will take place at Gerard Majella Courthouse in Boundary Street and will be presided over by Chief Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral, Andre Rebello.