Urgent action needed on Indigenous deaths in police custody

Prisoner In Jailsource: Griffith University
published: 19 December 2019

Recent high-profile deaths of Indigenous people in police custody show a lack of meaningful progress despite over 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody says a Griffith University law professor.

Professor Elena Marchetti says while a recent Australian Institute of Criminology report shows deaths of Indigenous people have declined proportionally and are fewer than non-Indigenous deaths in prison, there was less certainty about police custody deaths.

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Police spied on grieving families for decades. Now we want the truth

Undercover Spy Hidingsource: Guardian Communities
published: 25 October 2019

How many black families have been targeted by undercover police officers? This is the simple question we are still waiting for authorities to answer.

More than five years have passed since Theresa May, then the home secretary, announced a public inquiry following “profoundly shocking” evidence that Met police undercover officers had spied on the grieving parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, as well as their campaign to get justice for their son.

Despite Sir John Mitting’s ongoing undercover policing inquiry spending £21m since 2015, public hearings will only commence in the summer of 2020.

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Thatcher’s murder machine, the British State assassination of Pat Finucane

Military soldiersource: Village News
published: 26 October 2019

Did Margaret Thatcher sanction the murder of Patrick Finucane? It is now up to PM Boris Johnson and his Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to order a full judicial inquiry into the murder to establish whether or not Thatcher gave Sir Patrick Walker, Director-General of MI5, the green light to assassinate him.

On 12 February, 1989, the UDA assassinated Patrick Finucane, a highly regarded Belfast solicitor, at his North Belfast home. Finucane, who was 38-years-old, was shot 14 times by two masked UDA gunmen who sledgehammered their way into his house. His wife Geraldine was also injured during the attack which took place while the couple was enjoying a meal with their young family.

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