It’s been four and a half years since Sheku Bayoh died in Scottish police custody and now, for the first time, his family is allowing itself to hope they will get some answers.
“My brother was a much-loved father and family man and a well-liked member of his community,” said Kadijatu Johnson, Bayoh’s sister. “He didn’t deserve to die like this, and we as a family deserved better than to be treated in the way that we have been.”
Last week, after Scotland’s lord advocate confirmed that no charges would be brought against any of the nine police officers the family believe were involved, the Scottish government announced a rare, judge-led public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Bayoh’s death.
originally by: Channel 4 published: September 2019
Channel 4 Television presents special documentaries – from 1995 – examining the death of Joy Gardner in 1993 and the subsequent public campaign that culminated in the trial at the Old Bailey of those accused of causing her death.
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4WardEverUK and Migrant Media have submitted a grant application to the Edge Fund for a project that would essentially be the provision of a sessional role for a National Organiser.
A sessional worker would identify and manage opportunities for up to 3 major pay-to-attend events each year which will help to raise awareness of deaths in state custody, galvanise collaboration and raise money for the National Family Fund.