Custody campaign groups back a new ‘refreshing’ research project

Police Shieldsource: Dr David Baker
published: 10 February 2017

4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are putting their support behind new research to be conducted by Dr David Baker of Coventry University, examining custody deaths from the viewpoint of the families that are affected.

Here’s what Dr David Baker has to say;

“I’m trying to make contact with you because I am interviewing family members who have had relatives die after police contact. I am documenting a number of things, the key ones are: how this death occurred, how you feel it was represented in the media, how the community reacted to the death, how you tried to get justice for your loved one, and how you feel you were (or were not) supported through this process.

“Why am I doing this? Because I want to establish a counter-narrative to the ‘official version’ of these deaths. We know what the official version is, I think it’s time another story was told. I aim to conduct 15-20 interviews in total.

“When the interviews are complete, the first thing I will do is to write an accessible report of my findings and share them with the families and community groups who helped make the research possible. This should happen by November 2017. Thereafter I will produce academic papers on this research which will be accessible to researchers and students worldwide, and will speak about this research in conferences in Britain and Europe.”

“Here is a short article I wrote for ‘The Conversation’ on the death of Mark Duggan.”

How to participate?

If you participate you have the opportunity to use your voice, and I hope that voice will be heard both inside and outside the UK.

Please feel free to contact Dr David Baker for further details via:
Call/text: 07796 163825

Alternatively contact Ken Fero or Tippa naphtali via UFFC >

Tippa Naphtali, founder of 4WardEver UK, said;  “I’m tired of hearing the same old views expressed in research into custody deaths which re-churns statistics and historical issues within the police and judiciary institution; and which only paints the families of the victims as a secondary to the facts.

“Any studies that really hear the voices of affected families and that may be effectively utilized as an instrument for change across all sectors (including the campaigning community) are in my view a refreshing break from the norm.”