Sheku Bayoh: Family feel ‘betrayed’ over decision not to prosecute officers

Justice 4 Sheku Bayoh @ UFFC Rally London 2018
Justice 4 Sheku Bayoh @ UFFC London 2018

source: BBC News
published: 11 November 2019

The family of a Fife man who died in police custody said they felt “betrayed” after being told that no-one will be prosecuted over his death. Sheku Bayoh never regained consciousness after being restrained by officers in a Kirkcaldy street in 2015.

The 31-year-old, who had taken the drugs MDMA and Flakka, was found to have suffered 23 separate injuries.

His family said CCTV and phone footage cast doubt on claims made by officers about events leading up to his death. They have described the decision not to prosecute the officers as a “betrayal of justice” and are now calling for a public inquiry

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Relatives of slain man revive lawsuit against New Orleans over 2009 police shooting

Adolph Grimes
Adolph Grimes III

source: New Orleans Advocate
published: 4 November 2019

More than a decade after he was killed in a hail of gunfire by New Orleans Police Department officers, relatives of a Brother Martin High School graduate have revived their lawsuit against the city.

Family members first sued the city a month after the killing of Adolph Grimes III on New Year’s Day in 2009, but the case was put on hold while the U.S. Department of Justice considered whether to bring civil rights charges.

The feds decided not to pursue criminal charges in 2013. It wasn’t until this August, however, that the civil case sputtered to life with a new filing from the mother of Grimes’ son.

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Police officers appear in court over taser death of Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson – Image credit http://www.swn.com

source: ITV News
published: 7 November 2019

A police constable has appeared in court charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after being Tasered near his father’s home in Telford in 2016.

The West Mercia Police officer appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, along with a colleague who has been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Both officers appeared before a deputy district judge and were not asked their name, address or date of birth. Instead, they were referred to in court as Constables A and B.

Constable B indicated a not guilty plea to a charge of assault and she was granted bail to appear at Birmingham Crown Court later on Thursday.

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