Police failed woman who killed herself in Blackburn cell, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘Police officers failed a vulnerable and suicidal woman after arresting her and putting her in a police cell where she killed herself, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2022

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Calls for urgent action as deaths in prisons hit record levels – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2022 in death in custody, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘The government has been urged to change its “harmful and dangerous” prison system after the number of deaths among inmates hit record levels.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2022

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Call to stop jailing pregnant women in England after baby dies in prison toilet – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2022 in bereavement, birth, death in custody, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘Vulnerable pregnant women are being imprisoned for non-violent offences, in some cases within just a few weeks of their babies’ due date, according to new research set to be published on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2022

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Unreasonable force contributed to death of black man restrained in Leicester, jury finds – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2021 in attempts, death in custody, inquests, news, police, professional conduct, restraint, robbery by sally

‘A jury has found that unreasonable force used during restraint probably contributed to the death of a 29-year-old black man who was held down for 17 minutes after attempting to rob a Leicestershire supermarket.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

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HMP Leeds death could have been prevented by information sharing – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, law firms, mental health, news, prisons, solicitors, suicide by tracey

‘A prisoner may not have died if information was passed on about his suicidal thoughts, a coroner has said.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2021

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Police officer guilty of misconduct over handling of mental health patient who died in custody – The Independent

‘A police sergeant who failed to properly assess a “vulnerable” woman in his custody who later died is guilty of gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2021

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Kevin Clarke death: police watchdog reopens investigation – The Guardian

‘The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has reopened its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kevin Clarke, a mentally ill black man who could be heard saying the words “I can’t breathe” while he was being restrained by police shortly before he died.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2021

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More than 50 died in Home Office asylum seeker accommodation in past five years – The Guardian

‘More than 50 people have died in Home Office asylum seeker accommodation in the last five years, with the number increasing steeply over the past 18 months, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2021

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UN calls for end of ‘impunity’ for police violence against black people – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2021 in death in custody, news, police, racism, reports, United Nations, violence by sally

‘A UN report that analysed racial justice in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd has called on member states including the UK to end the “impunity” enjoyed by police officers who violate the human rights of black people.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2021

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Andrew Hall inquest: Police used ‘justified’ force on man who died – BBC News

‘Police officers used “justified, necessary and proportionate” force to restrain a man who later died, an inquest jury has found.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2021

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Police watchdog threatened with legal action over inquiry into man’s death – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has been threatened with legal action for refusing to investigate whether the conduct of officers who restrained a man for a significant period of time committed a criminal offence or that their behaviour amounts to misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2021

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Immigration removal and an Article 2 inquest – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Lawal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2021), Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Unreported, JR/626/2020 (V).
The death of an immigration detainee, as with all prisoners, is rightly subject to legal scrutiny. This is because detainees are completely under the state’s control. Article 2 ECHR requires that the state carry out an effective investigation into all deaths in detention where there is a reasonable suspicion that the death was unnatural. A coroner is required to hold an inquest into all deaths in custody, and specifically a jury inquest where there is reason to suspect the death is violent or unnatural. In this case, a two-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal (President of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice Lane, and Upper Tribunal Judge Canavan) found that the respondent Home Secretary had breached her Article 2 procedural obligations in respect of deaths in immigration detention. In particular, she had failed to ensure that crucial witness evidence was secured for use at an inquest and had failed to halt the deportation of a relevant witness.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th April 2021

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Home Office breaching human rights law by failing to investigate detainee deaths, court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office’s policy for investigating deaths in immigration detention has been found to breach human rights law.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2021

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Police watchdog expands inquiry into death of Mohamud Hassan – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has begun an investigation into another four police officers as part of its inquiry into the sudden death of a man shortly after being released from custody.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2021

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Police watchdog says Mohamud Hassan may have been injured during disturbance at home – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog investigating the arrest of a man who died suddenly after being released from custody, have indicated he could have suffered injuries during a large disturbance at his home the night before his death.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2021

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IOPC investigates five Thames Valley police officers over death of man, 24 – The Guardian

‘Five police officers are under investigation for manslaughter after the death of a 24-year-old man in police custody earlier this month.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2021

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BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2021 in death in custody, news, police, prisons, tribunals by sally

‘Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families and Friends Campaign to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2021

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Police officer given misconduct notice over Mohamud Hassan’s death – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in complaints, death in custody, disciplinary procedures, news, police by sally

‘A police officer has been served with a misconduct notice as part of an investigation into the sudden death of a 24-year-old shortly after he was released from custody.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2021

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Met police officer faces new hearing over death of mentally ill black man – The Guardian

‘A senior police officer cleared of misconduct over the high-profile death of a mentally ill black man is to face fresh disciplinary proceedings because of failings in the original case, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2021

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Families of citizens dying after contact with police still await justice – The Guardian

‘Relatives of people who have died after contact with the police have told of their distrust in and dissatisfaction with the ability of the complaints system to help deliver justice.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2021

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