National Memorial Family Fund 3rd grants round summary

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FAMILY FUND 3rd fund roundsource: 4WardEverUK
published: 11 June 2021

The third National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund (NMPMFF) grant round closed on 7 June 2021. In this round the assessment team also acknowledged the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with a one-off gift to all successful applicants.

The Fund successfully allocated £8,150.00 in grants to 19 families/campaigns in the third round. This also included uplift awards from the newly established Family Crisis Fund.

We are very proud to have been able to support the families and campaigns listed below, and are grateful to our volunteers, donors and supporters that made it all possible.

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George Floyd case reignites calls to tackle racial injustice in UK policing

UK Police patrol car

source: The Guardian
published: 21 April 2021

The conviction of a US police officer for murdering George Floyd has reignited calls to tackle racial injustice in British law enforcement, with campaigners calling for an end to a “culture of impunity.”

Video of white officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May by holding his knee on the unarmed black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds triggered protests around the world.

Campaigners have said his conviction on Tuesday on all three counts – second and third degree murder and manslaughter – should be a catalyst for change in the UK after 30 years in which no officer has been convicted of murder or manslaughter for a death following contact with police.

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Police restraint contributed to Leon Briggs death, jury finds

Leon Briggs vigil

source: The Guardian
published: 12 March 2021

The way in which police officers restrained a man with drug-induced psychosis “more than minimally” contributed to his death in Luton in 2013, an inquest jury in Milton Keynes has found by unanimous verdict.

Leon Briggs, a 39-year-old father of two of mixed ethnic background, was a lorry driver and also taught computer skills to older people. His family described him as “a loving brother and father, caring and genuine”.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Luton police station on 4 November 2013. Briggs died about two hours later at Luton & Dunstable hospital as a result of “amphetamine intoxication in association with prone restraint and prolonged struggling”, with a secondary cause of heart disease, the senior coroner Emma Whitting has previously said.

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