Campaigning news collective, 4WardEverUK, has launched a new website to raise both awareness and funds for an initiative inspired by Mikey Powell, who died in police custody on 7th September 2003.
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said; “This fund has the potential to make a real difference for families and their campaign groups that need financial support during the often long and drawn out struggles for justice that can last for decades.
“The needs of affected families and children often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national fund set up specifically for their needs.“
“We know racism played a big part in our brother’s death and has played a role in denying us justice,” said the sister of Bayoh, on the fourth anniversary of his death in police custody.
Sheku Bayoh died while being restrained by police using batons, CS gas, pepper spray and restraints on his legs and arms
Family first demanded a public inquiry in 2018 after the Lord Advocate decided not to prosecute any of the officers involved
Both the family of Bayoh and their lawyer Aamer Anwar have argued that racism was a factor in Bayoh’s death, and that dishonest attempts have subsequently been made by police sources to smear his reputation
The girlfriend of an unarmed man shot dead by police seven years ago has spent more than £50,000 to become a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name. Anthony Grainger was gunned down in a car park in Culcheth, Warrington, in 2012 while sat in a car alongside two friends.
Police believed the trio were planning to commit an armed robbery. But a jury took just 40 minutes to clear Mr Grainger of any wrongdoing when he went on trial after his death in 2012.