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Protest Against Custody Deaths
4th Annual Remembrance Procession
Saturday 26 October 2002

Assemble, 1.00pm Trafalgar Square
Central London
(nearest tube, Charing Cross)

Silent Procession along Whitehall followed by Noisy Protest at Downing Street!

All welcome - please wear black - bring your group's banner but no placards please

Called by: United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC)

In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody. That was over thirty years ago and hundreds of people have died in custody since then. Many of these incidents have been suspicious, yet none of the police officers involved have ever been convicted. Even when unlawful killing verdicts are returned at inquests charges against the police never follow. We have lost confidence in the ability of the system to deliver real justice.

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) has been set up to challenge this system and stop the killings of black and white people in custody. It is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. Together we are building a network for collective action. The manner of deaths of our relatives have been brutal -CS gas, long handled batons, restraining belts and guns are just some of the methods by which our brothers and sisters have been killed. These institutionalised and often racist killings are an affront to a society that seeks to be a civilised democracy. These deaths represent unacceptable breeches of human rights and must stop. The
UFFC's aims and objectives are to ensure that such basic human rights be upheld and stop deaths within custody. It is to ensure that when deaths do occur, that the whole truth as to how they were killed, by whom and why emerges. The custodial institutions must be made accountable to the communities that they serve and criminal charges brought against the officers and staff that are responsible.

UFFC was formed in early 1997 since then our consistent
challenges of the Police Complaints Authority, the Crown Prosecution Service and the government has made an impact and changes have been promised - but it is far from enough. Nothing less than the prosecution of the killers of our family members will do. On a number of occasions we have asked the Government to hold an inquiry into these deaths but they have refused. We can never forget those we have lost - and we WILL NOT allow the government to do so. On the last
weekend of October every year, we will hold a remembrance procession from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street, until the politicians finally act to prevent further deaths and more families suffering the grief we carry every day.

Our demands:
An independent public inquiry into deaths in custody.
All deaths in custody should be independently investigated.
The Police Complaints Authority be replaced by a body that is
genuinely independent of the police.
Prison deaths should not be investigated by the Prison Service.
Officers involved in custody deaths be suspended until investigations are completed.
Prosecutions of officers should automatically follow unlawful
killing' verdicts at inquests.
Officers responsible for deaths should face criminal charges, even if retired.
The police are must be accountable to the communities that they serve.
Legal Aid and full disclosure of information be made to the relatives of the victims.

Inquiries, further information:
United Families & Friends Campaign on 07770 432439
IRR News Service <editor@irr.org.uk>

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International Day of Protest - October 22

Vigil Against Deaths in Custody
5.00pm to 8.00pm
US Embassy
Grovsner Sq
London
(nearest tube Bond Street)
Called by:
United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC)
In solidairity with our brothers and sisters in America and with all grieving relatives and friends worldwide who have lost loved ones in state custody.

Every year on October 22, relatives and friends of people who have died in custody in the United States demonstrate in New York. Following a meeting with them in 2001, it was agreed to make October 22 an International Day of Protest Against Deaths in Custody.

The United Families and Friends Campaign is a coalition of the families of people who have died in custody. It is supported by INQUEST, Newham Monitoring Project and by the family campaigns of the following: Christopher Alder, Jimmy Ashley, Rocky Bennett, Orville Blackwood, Alphonso Coley, David Davies, Brian Douglas, Wayne Douglas, Joy Gardner, James Grafton, Glenn Howard, Paul Jemmott,
Shiji Lapite, Alton Manning, Leon Patterson, Kenneth Severin,
lbrahima Sey, Aseta Simms, Harry Stanley, Roger Sylvester and by many other families from across the country who have lost loved ones in police custody, in prison or in psychiatric hospitals.

Inquiries, further information:
United Families & Friends Campaign on 07770 432439
IRR News Service <editor@irr.org.uk>
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