Munira Ali: Examining the dissolution of the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into mental health and deaths in prisons: another missed opportunity? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The issues relating to imprisonment of individuals with mental health problems in the UK has attracted considerable attention, as the number of self-inflicted deaths has risen to the highest number since records began in 1978. With a rate of one prison suicide every three days, the director of the Howard League described the current rate as having reached “epidemic proportions”. The steady rise of deaths in custody has prompted a series of inquiries in recent years, and has drawn scrutiny from UN bodies and Special Procedures, and more recently, UN Member States as part of a periodic review of its human rights performance. However, despite this, little progress has been made.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2017

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Call for inquiry over ‘unbroken pattern’ of deaths at prison – The Guardian

‘The prison service is facing calls for a corporate manslaughter investigation after a litany of failures at one Milton Keynes site resulted in an “unbroken pattern of deaths”, with 18 inmates taking their own lives in four years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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Death at immigration detention centre comes under investigation – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2017 in death in custody, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘An investigation has been launched into the death of a 43-year-old man in an immigration removal centre on Sunday, the Home Office has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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Bereaved families bring case against government over prisoner suicides – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2017 in death in custody, judicial review, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘Relatives of prisoners at HMP Woodhill who have taken their own lives are to bring a legal challenge against the institution’s governor and the justice secretary for allegedly failing to introduce basic safety measures. Eighteen prisoners have killed themselves at the jail in Milton Keynes since early 2013 despite repeated recommendations and guidance from coroners’ reports and official bodies that investigate deaths in custody.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2017

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Inmate dies after prison officers kept him in wrist locks as he ‘foamed at the mouth’, jury finds – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2017 in death in custody, inquests, news, prison officers, prisons, restraint by tracey

‘An inmate died after prison officers used unlawful force against him, a jury has found.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2017

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Thomas Orchard custody death: Three officers found not guilty of killing man with schizophrenia in police custody – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2017 in death in custody, homicide, mental health, news, police, restraint by tracey

‘A custody sergeant and two detention officers have been found not guilty of killing a man with mental health problems in police custody.’

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The Independent, 14th March 2017

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IPCC advises separating police officers after fatal incidents – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2017 in complaints, death in custody, news, police, witnesses by sally

‘Police officers directly involved in fatal incidents should be separated as quickly as possible to prevent conferring, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2017

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Jury sworn in for inquest into man’s death after police restraint – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in death in custody, inquests, juries, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A jury has been sworn in for an inquest into the death of Olaseni Lewis, six and a half years after he died following prolonged restraint by 11 police officers at a psychiatric hospital in south London.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2017

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Dean Saunders death: Prison ombudsman finds ‘weaknesses’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in death in custody, mental health, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The criminal justice system “did too little to protect” a vulnerable inmate who electrocuted himself in prison, the Prisons Ombudsman has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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IPCC wants to overturn iIPCC wants to overturn its own report on Jordan Begley Taser death – The Guardiants own report on Jordan Begley Taser death

Posted November 17th, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, firearms, news, police, reports by sally

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission is asking the high court to quash its own report clearing police officers of any serious wrongdoing following the death of a man shortly after he was Tasered.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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Sean Rigg death: police custody sergeant cleared of lying at inquest – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in death in custody, inquests, news, perjury, police by sally

‘A Metropolitan police custody sergeant has been cleared of lying at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Sean Rigg death: custody sergeant lied at inquest, court hears – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2016 in death in custody, inquests, news, perverting the course of justice, police by sally

‘A Metropolitan police custody sergeant lied at the inquest into Sean Rigg’s death, falsely giving evidence that he had checked on the 40-year-old, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2016

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High Court rules Jermaine Baker police officer can retire – BBC News

‘A senior officer involved in a Met operation in which a man was shot dead by police is being allowed to retire, despite being under investigation.’

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BBC News, 4th October 2016

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Sean Rigg death: Police officers will not face trial – BBC News

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will not prosecute five police officers over the death in custody of Sean Rigg in 2008.’

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BBC news, 15th September 2016

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Four British soldiers ‘forced Iraqi teenager into river where he drowned’ – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2016 in armed forces, death in custody, homicide, Iraq, news, reports, war, young persons by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has said it is “extremely sorry” for the death of an Iraqi teenager who drowned after being “forced” into a Basra canal by four British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 16th September 2016

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Kingsley Burrell: Family’s long fight for custody death answers – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, mental health, news, police, racism, restraint by sally

‘More than five years after his death in custody, the family of Kingsley Burrell is still waiting to learn if three police officers will face charges. His case has now been taken up by the Black Lives Matter movement. But after years of delays, the family’s questions are still the same – just how and why did he die?’

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BBC News, 1st September 2016

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Activists occupy CPS offices over Kingsley Burrell’s death – The Guardian

‘Activists have occupied the lobby of the Crown Prosecution Service offices in Birmingham, calling for police officers to be prosecuted over the 2011 death of a student.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Dalian Atkinson: Tasered footballer given CPR for 35 minutes – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, firearms, inquests, news, police by sally

‘Doctors battled in vain for 35 minutes to save ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police, the inquest into his death has heard.’

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BBC News, 24th August 2016

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IPCC investigation launched into death of Dalian Atkinson – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, firearms, news, police, sport by sally

‘The world of football paid tribute to one of the mercurial stars of the Premier League’s early years after former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson died after being Tasered by police.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2016

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Number of people dying after coming into contact with police rises sharply to 200 – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, mental health, news, police, reports, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘Some 200 people died during or following contact with police in the UK last year, according to new figures.
A report released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission reveals the number of deaths has risen 63 per cent in the last five years – with a spike of 37 per cent in the last year alone.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2016

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