Cherry Groce: Mum’s police shooting ‘robbed me of my childhood’

Cherry Groce son, Lee Lawrence - Image credit
Cherry Groce’s son, Lee Lawrence – Image credit

source: BBC News
published: 1 July 2020

Lee Lawrence was just 11 years old when his life changed forever. He had fallen asleep in his mother’s room and was awoken by a loud noise. She went to investigate but moments later he heard a gunshot.

His mother, Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, had been mistakenly shot by police officers in an incident which left her paralysed and sparked the Brixton Riots of 1985.

Now 45, Lee remembers his mother crying out that she could not breathe – words which now resonate with those uttered by the black American George Floyd as a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Injustice UV Appeal and petition Channel4 on screening INJUSTICE

Cases in the UKsource: Migrant Media
published: 11 June 2020

Radical filmmakers Migrant Media have launched a Crowdfunding Campaign for completion of UV – the follow up film to the radical documentary Injustice about deaths in police custody in UK.

About Injustice: “The most important British documentary of my professional lifetime” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian Film Critic. Complete petition Channel 4 to screen ‘Injustice’ film >

UV (75minutes/2019/UK) is the feature length documentary which, like the film Injustice, follows the struggles for justice of families in the UK whose loved ones have been killed by the police. The film has taken 10 years to produce working with several families of people killed by the police.

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US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings says UN chief

Legal Time for justicesource: UN News
published: 28 May 2020

The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.

“I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police – as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public”, said High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in statement.

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