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Police watchdog omits 3 contentious deaths from record-breaking count of deaths in custody

CLARE SAMBROOK

Exclusive: Annual count of police custody deaths in England and Wales hits 23, an 11-year high. But deaths of Rashan Charles, Shane Bryant and Edson Da Costa are excluded from the headline figure.

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A man described as a “member of the public” restrains Rashan as he lies face down, unresponsive, handcuffed, London, 22 July 2017

Did police officer involved in Rashan restraint do what he was trained to do?

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI
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Police officers’ use of force must be Proportionate to the threat, Lawful, Accountable and Necessary. Inquest hears expert testimony on Days Six and Seven.

‘Accidental death’ of a young black Londoner. Rashan Charles EXPLAINER

CLARE SAMBROOK and REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI
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Police video evidence missing. Long-serving ex-Metropolitan Police officers presented as “independent” experts. Coroner’s contentious directions to jury. The troubling case of Rashan Charles.

Police watchdog omits 3 contentious deaths from record-breaking count of deaths in custody

CLARE SAMBROOK

Exclusive: Annual count of police custody deaths in England and Wales hits 23, an 11-year high. But deaths of Rashan Charles, Shane Bryant and Edson Da Costa are excluded from the headline figure.

Did police officer involved in Rashan restraint do what he was trained to do?

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI

Police officers’ use of force must be Proportionate to the threat, Lawful, Accountable and Necessary. Inquest hears expert testimony on Days Six and Seven.

‘Accidental death’ of a young black Londoner. Rashan Charles EXPLAINER

CLARE SAMBROOK and REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI

Police video evidence missing. Long-serving ex-Metropolitan Police officers presented as “independent” experts. Coroner’s contentious directions to jury. The troubling case of Rashan Charles.

Police watchdog omits 3 contentious deaths from record-breaking count of deaths in custody

Exclusive: Annual count of police custody deaths in England and Wales hits 23, an 11-year high. But deaths of Rashan Charles, Shane Bryant and Edson Da Costa are excluded from the headline figure.

Why are so many people dying on probation in England and Wales?

Flawed ‘reforms’ and part-privatisation have created havoc in the probation service. Amid the chaos: a sharp rise in self-inflicted deaths.

‘Accidental death’ of a young black Londoner. Rashan Charles EXPLAINER

Police video evidence missing. Long-serving ex-Metropolitan Police officers presented as “independent” experts. Coroner’s contentious directions to inquest jury. The troubling case of Rashan Charles.

Inquest jury says death of Rashan Charles was an accident

Police failure to admit any responsibility for death of young black Londoner will set back community relations “for generations” family says.

Did police officer involved in Rashan restraint do what he was trained to do?

Police officers’ use of force must be Proportionate to the threat, Lawful, Accountable and Necessary. Inquest hears expert testimony on Days Six and Seven.

Rashan Charles, encounters with police and support services

Rashan’s final visits to his GP and encounters with the police and social services. Day Six of the inquest into the death of a young Londoner.

Rashan Charles inquest: ‘He went from being arrested to clearly struggling and needing help’

Police officers tell of fatal pursuit of a young black Londoner. Witnesses recall Rashan “struggling to breathe” while under restraint. Inquest report from Days Four, Five and Six.

‘I’m a first aider’ said man who helped restrain and handcuff Rashan

Rashan Charles inquest, Day Three: A ‘confused, shocked and panicked’ police officer. A ‘member of the public’ who intervened ‘without thinking’. Jury asks: Who was in charge? 

‘My concern was his safety’ Police officer on Rashan Charles restraint

Officer denies using unauthorised neck hold and combat throw on young black Londoner. What was in his mind? Drugs, gangs, weapons. Inquest, Day Two. 

Rashan Charles: Inquest into death after restraint by police officer and ‘member of the public’

Coroner questions police officer on his decision to let a man described as a ‘member of the public’ assist in lethal restraint of young black man. Inquest, Day One.

Rodents, bedbugs, mould: UK asylum housing still a hostile environment

A Manchester asylum hostel run by Britain’s biggest outsourcer Serco is riddled with cockroaches, rodents and bedbugs.

We must protect the lives of people with learning disability

Time and time again, grieving families are left to fight for accountability and expose systemic failings in the care of learning disabled people.

The significance of small details. My sister’s life cut short

Like so many people who have learning disabilities Josanne Wadsworth died an early and preventable death.

Home Office fails Albanian child refugees

One Saturday at a London drop-in for children fleeing crime gangs and blood feuds.

The racist killing of Altab Ali 40 years ago today

Hammer attacks, punctured lungs, slashed faces... far-right groups inflicted a decade of violence on East London’s Bengali communities. In the deadly year of 1978 Bengali youth began the fightback.

Amber Rudd resigns, the anti-migrant machine works on

Hardline policies have failed in their stated aim of reducing immigration. Is their true purpose to impress particular voters? 

Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Authoritarian capitalism and the prison industrial complex is a two-tiered tyrannical system designed to enslave through mass incarceration.

Mothers and children unlawfully housed in Sheffield B&Bs for years

Women and young children routinely placed in shared hostels with vulnerable homeless men.

UK migration rules make children homeless

Councils are forcing children into homelessness and destitution simply because of their parents’ migration status.

Theresa May’s hostile immigration regime destroys another family

British migration policy forces working class families to choose between country and the people they love.

'We’ve done you proud' — Families speak after NHS Trust fined £2million over patient deaths

Today Southern Health was fined £2m over the “entirely preventable” deaths of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin, aged 45.

Connor Sparrowhawk: How one boy’s death in NHS care inspired a movement for justice

  • The story of a UK campaign for truth and accountability. And respect for the lives of people who have learning disabilities. Review by Clare Sambrook. Extract by Sara Ryan.

Budget 2017 offered little. We demand more

Day after day we witness the dangerous reality of austerity. #Budget2017 failed to alleviate the pain. But there is strength and power in our resistance. 

Austerity stories you won’t hear about in today’s Budget

Rhea needs a home. She is a full-time single mother of three living in destitution on the brink of homelessness. Yet two local authorities are reluctant to help. Why?

How to start a housing movement

Radical groups working on housing, racism, poverty, sex worker and migrant rights are springing up all over London. Embedded in local communities, they are seasoned activists, precarious workers and families.

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

The Grenfell tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords, private and social. But resistance is growing.

How housing activists are challenging town hall decisions

Using direct action, housing activists challenge unfeeling and harsh local authority decisionmaking 

Two dead boys, UK state secrecy and the long fight for transparency on restraint

An official manual governs the use of restraint on children in custody. It was published with 182 redactions. Carolyne Willow campaigns for transparency. This week the Court of Appeal hears her case. 

‘Please get me moved from here!’ Pregnant woman in G4S asylum housing

Refugee and asylum seeking women are shockingly over-represented in the records of UK maternal deaths. Yet pregnant women and infants continue to be placed in dangerous housing.

How lawyers fail migrants in the UK

Access to justice has diminished almost to vanishing point, leaving asylum seekers and irregular migrants at risk of exploitation.

On the lethal restraint of young black Londoner, Rashan Charles

The police claimed that an officer intervened to prevent a young man from harming himself. Video evidence suggests a different story. (warning: distressing)

Rashman: Police watchdog to investigate lethal restraint of young black man in Hackney

  • Police claim officer “intervened” to “prevent the man from harming himself”. But video shows sustained restraint. (warning: distressing)

Residents challenge council plans to demolish their homes

Central Hill housing estate in South London is threatened with demolition. Residents are challenging the “regeneration”. Photos by Wasi Daniju, words by Lotte Lewis.

The UK outsourcing experiment: playing with vulnerable lives

A review of Alan White’s Who Really Runs Britain? — the private companies taking control of benefits, prisons, asylum, deportation, security, social care and the NHS.

UK charity seeks funds to challenge use of painful restraints on children

How can it be wrong to hurt vulnerable children inside a secure children’s home, but all right to inflict pain in transit?

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