Recent reports highlight continuing tragedy of prison deaths

Male Prisonersource: royds withy king
published: 13 March 2020

Following the latest statistics on prison deaths in England, Ali Cloak considers the alarming findings and explores the inequality of funding for families in prison inquests.

Sadly the number of deaths in prison have been higher in the last six years than they have been since the 1970s. Deaths in prison can be particularly devastating for families as they are often given little, if any, information about the circumstances of how their loved one died. They may then be left with lots of unanswered questions about how their loved one came by their death when they were supposed to be under the care of the state and in a safe place.

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Anthony Grainger shooting: Six officers under investigation

Anthony Graingerall credits: BBC News
published: 12 March 2020

Six officers are under investigation by the police watchdog in connection with the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Anthony Grainger, 36, was in a stolen car when he was shot in the chest by a firearms officer in Culcheth, Cheshire.

The retired and serving officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

A public inquiry into the 2012 shooting criticised senior officers for “failings and errors”.

Following the conclusion of the inquiry in July 2019, GMP made referrals to the IOPC in relation to conduct matters arising from the report.

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Mzee Mohammed was an innocent victim of mental illness and knife crime

Mzee Mohammed
Mzee Mohammed

source: Liverpool Echo
published: 15 December 2019

In the hours before the death of 18-year-old Mzee Mohammed Daley , his worried dad described “seeing the fear in my boy’s eyes.”

Mzee , who had long struggled with mental health difficulties, was at the start of a terrifying descent into the psychotic episode that killed him, on the warm evening of July 13, 2016, in Liverpool ONE shopping centre.

For three years speculation and rumour surrounded the very public death of the student, who dreamed of opening a Jamaican-style eatery in the city.

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