Friday 20 January 2012

E-petition launch: Families unite for justice

The United Campaign Against Police Violence is proud to support this epetition launched by the United Families and Friends Campaign.

It was simultaneously launched by dozens of family campaigns and justice activists today. We need 100,000 signatures by next January to have the chance for it to be discussed in parliament.

You can read and sign the petition here. Please read the information below, and visit the UFFC website for more information.

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) have launched an ambitious petition appeal that calls for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody.

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) 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 died in psychiatric and immigration detention. It also has members and supporters from campaign groups and advocacy organisations from across the UK.

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report published in 2011 states: in total, there were 5,998 deaths recorded for the 11 years from 2000 to 2010. This is an average of 545 deaths per year. Despite the fact there have been 11 unlawful killing verdicts since 1990 there has never been a successful prosecution.

US civil rights veteran, Rev Jesse Jackson supports the inquiry campaign.
Campaign representatives have said; “Our joint efforts have yielded some results.

However, these have not addressed the lack of justice in the many outstanding cases.

“We believe that equitable dispensation justice in the UK must be done and be seen to be done if the general public are to enjoy high levels of trust and confidence in the fair administration of justice.

“The poor quality and speed of independent investigations conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and an Inquest process that is seriously under resourced, subject to delay and limited in remit and is not fit for purpose. Both critically fail to protect or support the rights of victims or their families”.

Amongst the demands of UFFC are the replacement of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to ensure a truly independent body. That deaths in psychiatric detention must be subject to a system of properly funded investigation that is completely independent of the Health Service and that officers and officials should never be allowed to collude over their evidence and statements of fact.

Families have also long argued the unequal allocation of legal resources in custody death cases and believe there should be an automatic right to non means tested legal aid for families. “There is a lack of funds for family legal representation at Inquests whilst officers and NHS staff get full legal representation from the public purse – this is unbalanced”.

The petition will run until January 2013.


  1. Thank you for this site. I have suffered from injustice from the police on several occasions. I wish you the very best for your work.

  2. It's just so ironic that the metropolitan police are the one being accused of wrongdoing. They were supposed to protect the community but in many instances, they are seen as perpetrating injustice in society.

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  4. I watched Street Crime on channel 4 recently. it showed police "fighting" crime on the streets around Birtain in culuding Wrexham in 2005. I have recently come back to live in Britain (I was born here) after many years away.
    I was horrified to see the police basically bullying and arresting people for what I would consider minor misdemenors (sometimes when inebriated) and provocking situations which caused people to swear and struggle inresponse to the (the police)..thus causing the police to arrest them for "breach of the peace". The only accual "crime" (trying to rob a cash machine) the police totally failed to be able to cope with and the theives got away!
    UK police have turned into bullies it seems to me and real criminals get away.
    We seem to have a police state now. This series is I suppose trying to show how difficult it is for the "poor" police. Well I believe all good police DO have a really diffcult job and we should support them in their struggle for "right". However this was not the impression I was given, rather the opposite and if these things where shown from China or Russia or an Islamic state we in the "West" would claim it was a totalitarian stae trying to strongarm its public into compliance. I am horrified and disgusted that UK has become like this. I am ashamed as a British national.

  5. Recent cases show in the UK that the IPCC have no power to have face to face interviews with the Police damaging any investigation. Its wrong every one including the police should be accountable for there actions. Over 300 deaths involving the police and not a single police officer has been charged it stinks.

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