BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody

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Akala Supports Families @ UFFC Conference London 2018 – Image credit Natasha Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 17 February 2021

Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.

The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody, formed in 1997, is so far the largest recipient of Black Lives Matter UK’s initial round of funding.

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The National Memorial Family Fund announces its 3rd funding round

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FAMILY FUND 3rd fund roundsource: 4WardEverUK
published: 28 April 2021

We are pleased to announce the third round of National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund grants will open early in May 2021. We are also administering the Crisis Family Fund, launched in March 2021, which families can also apply to provided they meet the criteria.

Important: Affected families and/or campaigns will need to be registered on the NMPMFF website before applying for grants from the fund – various assessment partners are available to assist with applications.

This Family Fund grants round will officially open on 7 May 2021 and it will close on 7 June 2021.

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They could not breathe : The families of British men who have died in police custody speak out

Janet, sister of Christopher Alder - Image credit Wasi Daniju2
Janet, sister of Christopher Alder – Image credit Wasi Daniju

source: The HuffPost
published: 29 April 2021

Introduction: 4WardEverUK’s Tippa Naphtali said; “This is a powerful and comprehensive piece on custody deaths/killings and the National Memorial Family Fund. We are very grateful to Emma Youle (Special correspondent, HuffPost UK) and the families that participated.”

1,784 people have died in England and Wales after contact with the police since 1990 – yet no officer has been held to account.

The CCTV footage shows a man face down on the floor of a police station, handcuffed and unresponsive, as he gasps for breath.

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George Floyd case reignites calls to tackle racial injustice in UK policing

UK Police patrol car

source: The Guardian
published: 21 April 2021

The conviction of a US police officer for murdering George Floyd has reignited calls to tackle racial injustice in British law enforcement, with campaigners calling for an end to a “culture of impunity.”

Video of white officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May by holding his knee on the unarmed black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds triggered protests around the world.

Campaigners have said his conviction on Tuesday on all three counts – second and third degree murder and manslaughter – should be a catalyst for change in the UK after 30 years in which no officer has been convicted of murder or manslaughter for a death following contact with police.

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