UFFC Rally 2019 : Shows solidarity with Scottish & French campaigners

Marching on Whitehall 2019
Marching on Whitehall 2019 – Image credit Rhiann Francis

compiled from Various Sources
published: 27 October 2019

The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday 26 October 2019.

This year the annual event also showed solidarity with simultaneous marches and protests with fellow campaigners that took place in Scotland and France.

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Deaths in state custody internationally are still a huge concern and sees no signs of abating. While the problem is systemic, often maintained by institutional racism, many families demanding justice say that the police [and other state institutions] are never held to account for deaths in custody and most certainly do not face any semblance of justice, trial or jail.

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Police must face legal action for Anthony Grainger’s death, says partner

Anthony Grainger
Anthony Grainger

source: The Guardian
published: 12 July 2019

It has been seven years, four months and nine days since an unarmed Anthony Grainger was shot dead by a police officer. Now his partner, Gail Hadfield-Grainger, who has fought tirelessly for justice, is calling for the police officers involved in his death to face corporate manslaughter charges.

On Thursday a public inquiry into the shooting concluded that Greater Manchester police (GMP) was entirely to blame for Grainger’s death due to serious failings in its firearms unit.

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Thomas Orchard: Police officers avoid misconduct hearing over custody death

Thomas Orchard
Thomas Orchard

source: The Independent
published: 13 July 2019

The family of a church caretaker who died after being restrained in police custody say they feel “failed beyond belief” by a decision to dismiss misconduct charges against four officers.

Thomas Orchard, 32, suffered a cardiac arrest when he was locked in a cell in Exeter with an emergency response belt placed around his face in October 2012.

He died in hospital seven days later and earlier this year Devon and Cornwall Police was fined £234,500 after admitting health and safety breaches.

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