We need to talk about police brutality in the UK

Sean Rigg restrained by Metropolitan police officers
Sean Rigg died under restraint by Metropolitan police officers

source: The Fader
published: 29 March 2016

1500 And Counting‘ – The abuse of black British people by police is often overlooked, but a new film is set to break the silence.

On 11 January 2016, Sarah Reed, a vulnerable 32-year-old woman suffering with mental health issues, was found dead in her cell in north London’s Holloway prison, where she was on remand awaiting trial.

Throughout her life, she had been a victim of failings by the British state: in October 2012, she reported being sexually assaulted while being detained under the Mental Health Act, and in November 2012 she was ruthlessly beaten up by a police officer, with the attack caught on camera.

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New documentary details events surrounding the death of Ethan Saylor


Ethan Saylor
Ethan Saylor

source: Your4State.com
published: 4 August 2015

A new documentary on the death of Ethan Saylor, a Frederick man with Down syndrome who died while police were restraining him, has been produced.

Ethan’s Law contains accounts from eyewitnesses who claim information they had on the incident was ignored by authorities. Saylor, 26, died from asphyxiation on Jan. 12, 2013 when three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies forcibly removed him from a movie theater after he tried to stay for a second showing without buying a ticket.

Filmmaker Edward Rhodes said his documentary started as an expose on the incident and during the process, he believes he’s uncovered new information.

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Janet Alder writes book on 16-year ‘fight for justice’

Janet Alderoriginally by: Hull Daily Mail
published: 14 January 2014

The sister of a man who died in police custody in Hull is writing a book about her experiences. Janet Alder, 51, has spent the past 16 years of her life fighting for justice after her brother’s death.

Christopher, a father of two, died face-down in custody at Queens Gardens police station on April 1, 1998, with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Then, in 2011, Christopher’s body was discovered in Hull Royal Infirmary’s mortuary, 11 years after his family believed they had laid him to rest.

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