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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Inquest concludes police restraint contributed to death of Darren Cumberbatch

Darren Cumberbatch
Darren Cumberbatch

source: ITV News
published: 20 June 2019

An inquest jury has concluded that police restraint of a man from Coventry who died days after being arrested contributed to his death.

Darren Cumberbatch died in hospital nine days after being restrained by police in Nuneaton in July 2017.

The 32-year-old had been tasered and repeatedly punched by police at the probation hostel where he was staying before being taken to the George Eliot Hospital in a critically-ill state.

An inquest into his death was told he had been behaving oddly at the McIntyre House probation hostel on July 10, and staff were concerned he may have taken drugs or was suffering a mental disorder.

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