by: Socialist Worker
published: 20th Jan 2012
Campaigns demanding justice for those who have died in police custody join forces today [20th Jan 2012] to launch a petition calling for major changes in the criminal justice system. The petition demands the replacement of the Independent Police Complaints Commission with a body genuinely independent of the police, and the suspension of officers involved in deaths in custody for the duration of any investigation.
Other demands include automatic prosecutions of officers following unlawful killing verdicts and the right to non-means tested legal aid for the families of those who die.
Campaigners also demand action over deaths in prisons and psychiatric and immigration detention centres.
The e-petition has been accepted on the official government e-petition site. It needs 100,000 signatures by next January to be “eligible for debate” in parliament.
The petition was instigated by the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), a coalition of campaign groups.
UFFC continues call for public inquiry into deaths in custody
20th January 2012