Dalian Atkinson: PC Benjamin Monk jailed for ex-footballer’s death

Male Prisonersource: BBC News
published: 29 June 2021

A police officer who unlawfully killed Dalian Atkinson by tasering him to the ground and kicking him in the head has been jailed for eight years. PC Benjamin Monk, 43, discharged his taser three times and kicked him twice in the head, leaving bootlace prints on his forehead, his trial heard.

The former Aston Villa striker died after the 2016 stand-off outside his father’s home in Telford, Shropshire. Jurors cleared Monk of an alternative charge of murder on 23 June. He will serve two-thirds of his sentence before being entitled to release on licence.

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UN calls for end of ‘impunity’ for police violence against black people

French Riot Policesource: The Guardian
published: 28 June 2021

A UN report that analysed racial justice in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd has called on member states including the UK to end the “impunity” enjoyed by police officers who violate the human rights of black people.

The UN human rights office analysis of 190 deaths across the world led to the report’s damning conclusion that law enforcement officers are rarely held accountable for killing black people due in part to deficient investigations and an unwillingness to acknowledge the impact of structural racism.

The 23-page global report, and its accompanying 95-page conference room paper, features seven examples of deaths involving police, including the case of Kevin Clarke, who died after being restrained by officers in London in 2018.

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Institutional racism and police brutality: ICA timely show after 15-month hiatus

Annual rally in London
Image by – Harmit Athwal

provided by: The Art Newspaper
published: 7 June 2021

After closing its doors for more than a year, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London reopens on 6 July with an exhibition focused on the “various forms of state violence and institutional racism targeted at Britain’s Black communities”, the organisers say.

War Inna Babylon: the Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights (6 July-26 September) has been organised by the advocacy and community organisation Tottenham Rights, and the independent curators Kamara Scott and Rianna Jade Parker.

War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights

Takes place: 6 July – 26 September 2021
Venue: ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, See full details >

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