Cherry Groce Foundation : Plans for permanent memorial in Brixton

The Cherry Groce Memorial (530x333)source: The Cherry Groce Foundation
published: January 2021

Statement from the Foundation:

On the 28th September 1985, witnessed by her children, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police. The shooting of an innocent mother sparked the Brixton uprising, in which a community rose up in protest to the ongoing, systemic injustice faced by Britain’s black community.

Having been paralysed by the shooting, Cherry passed away as a direct result of her injuries in 2011.

The 35 years since the shooting is a story of a family and community working together in the pursuit of truth and justice, refusing to accept that this is simply how our society works. In the face of institutional barriers and personal hardship, we persisted.

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Sister of Christopher Alder says she still has nightmares over brother’s death in custody

Janet Alder protests in tears
Image Credit : Peter Marshall

source: Yorkshire Post
published: 28 November 2020

Falklands veteran Christopher Alder died in April 1998 after he was arrested for breaching the peace following a fracas outside a nightclub in which he was punched and taken to hospital.

CCTV showed officers drag the father-of-two’s motionless body into the custody suite where he was left handcuffed, gasping for breath, for 11 minutes before dying. No attempts were made to seek medical help, despite one officer expressing concerns about asphyxiation.

Audio footage from several officers that stood around the paratrooper as he lay in his final moments, recorded what is widely regarded to be monkey noises and racist slurs.

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New evidence, fresh questions about death of young Black Londoner Rashan Charles

Rashan Charles
Rashan Charles – Image Credit Rashan Campaign

source: Open Democracy
published: 26 November 2020

Police claimed the man who helped an officer restrain and handcuff Rashan Charles was “a member of the public” with no police connection. CCTV evidence raises doubts. Shine A Light exclusive (distressing content).

Rashan Charles was a healthy young man out with friends in East London when a uniformed police officer from the elite Territorial Support Group chased him into a convenience store. Without any verbal warning, the officer grabbed Rashan from behind, threw him to the floor and heavily restrained him.

A second man assisted the officer. Rashan, who was unarmed and presented no threat, died on the floor of the Yours Locally shop on Hackney’s Kingsland Road in the early hours of 22 July 2017. He was 20 years old, the eldest of seven children and a father himself, his daughter coming up to her second birthday at the time.

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