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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Police officers face punishment after IPCC’s report into Ellis Downes investigation

Police Lantern UK

source: Oxford Mail
published: 5 September 2017

Police were ‘unprofessional’ in the aftermath of teenager Ellis Downes’ tragic death, an investigation has found.

Three police officers at Thames Valley Police will face misconduct ‘meetings’ after the Independent Police Complaints Commission released its report this morning.

Harwell 16-year-old Ellis drowned in the River Thames in Culham on May 7, 2016, after getting into trouble while swimming.

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Britain is failing young people [detained] in custody

Domiciliary Prison

source: The Guardian
published: 17 August 2017

The neglect of young people represents state-sanctioned child abuse, argue Deborah Coles, Prof Joe Sim and Prof Steve Tombs from INQUEST.

INQUEST’s work with bereaved families has consistently revealed a litany of systemic neglect, violence, institutional complacency and short-sighted policies which contribute to the deaths and harm of children and young people (Report on Northants children’s prison finds rise in violent incidents, 9 August).

These deaths are the most extreme outcome of a system that fails some of society’s most disadvantaged children and young people.

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