Filmmakers release documentary about black deaths in police custody

Ken Fero - Filmmaker
Ken Fero – Filmmaker (Migrant Media)

source: UltraViolencefilm.com
published: 23 June 2021

The makers of the controversial film Injustice, which the Police Federation tried to suppress on its release in 2001, will begin screenings of a hard hitting follow up film starting this weekend. Ultraviolence, which was 10 years in the making, revisits the deaths and also reveals shocking new evidence in other cases.

Migrant Media will launch the film at the BFI Southbank on June 26 in a screening that will gather the families of several cases of victims of police violence, particularly of black people, from the last three decades. These include cases of murder and manslaughter. The event will include the announcement of a major initiative by the families of the victims of police violence which is supported by Black Lives Matter, 4WardEverUK, the United Families & Friends Campaign and Migrant Media.

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Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson – Image credit http://www.swn.com

source: The Guardian
published: 23 June 2021

A police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, after firing an electric stun gun into him for 33 seconds and kicking him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

PC Benjamin Monk, of the West Mercia force, was convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court.

Monk was accused of lying in court about his account, and of kicking and stamping on Atkinson’s head while he was barely conscious on the ground. He is the first police officer to be convicted of manslaughter during the course of their duties in more than three decades.

Atkinson was kicked with such force his blood was found in the laces of Monk’s police issue boots.

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National Memorial Family Fund 3rd grants round summary

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FAMILY FUND 3rd fund roundsource: 4WardEverUK
published: 11 June 2021

The third National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund (NMPMFF) grant round closed on 7 June 2021. In this round the assessment team also acknowledged the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with a one-off gift to all successful applicants.

The Fund successfully allocated £8,150.00 in grants to 19 families/campaigns in the third round. This also included uplift awards from the newly established Family Crisis Fund.

We are very proud to have been able to support the families and campaigns listed below, and are grateful to our volunteers, donors and supporters that made it all possible.

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