Custody campaign groups back new research on impact on families

Police Line
image by Stephen Gent

source: Dr Nadine El-Enany
published: 31 July 2019

4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are calling on affected families to support new research to be conducted by Dr Nadine El-Enany of Birkbeck School of Law, examining what drives family campaigns and what family members understand justice to mean amongst others.

Here’s what Dr Nadine El-Enany has to say;

“My name is Nadine El-Enany. I work at Brikbeck Law School where I co-direct the Centre for Research on Race and Law. I would like to invite you to participate in a research project via an interview. I am working on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on the role of families in cases where a racialised person has died in custody, including police, prison or a health/mental health institution.

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UFFC Event – Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance

Pauline Campbell
Annual Demonstration 2012 – Children carry UFFC banner

provided by: UFFC
published: 28 June 2018

Call for Papers…

A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Families & Friends Campaign will take place on 26 October 2018 in London. The conference aims to bring to focus research on the issue of deaths in custody in the UK.

The anniversary event will map trajectories of struggles for justice over two decades, highlighting new research and policy directions, as well as offering contextualised and historical understandings of state violence.

See a pictorial history of the UFFC rallies! Click here or the icon on the left. The United Families & Friends Campaign is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals.

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Benjamin Zephaniah on how Colin Roach’s death sparked a movement 35 years ago

Colin Roach
Colin Roach

source: Hackney Gazette
published: 23 January 2018

The death of Rashan Charles, and its aftermath, has tragic echoes of the case of Colin Roach. The 21-year-old was shot inside Stoke Newington police station 35 years ago, with the community convinced cops had a hand. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah was at the first protest after his death, he tells the Gazette.

Events surrounding the death of Colin Roach 35 years ago remain a mystery to this day.

He died inside the foyer of Stoke Newington police station on January 12, 1983, from a single gunshot wound through the mouth.

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