Kingsley Burrell: Protest march over custody death

Kingsley Burrell March 2014
Kingsley Burrell March 2014 – pic courtesy BirminghamStrong4Justice

source: Birmingham Mail
published: 1 June 2014

Campaigners demanding answers about the death of a man who was detained by police marched through Birmingham city centre. Hundreds marched three miles from Handsworth to the city centre, peacefully waving placards and playing music, in a bid to get justice for Kingsley Burrell who died after being taken into police custody.

Mr Burrell, from Hockley, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in March 2011, just days after calling the police for help.

The dad-of-two dialled 999 on March 27, after he told police that he had been threatened by a gang while walking with his young son in Ladywood.

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When the state is complicit in hate

Unequal justice scalesource: IRR News 
published: 29 May 2014

Racist violence in Europe is sustained by cultures of impunity, as reports by Amnesty International, and Médecins du Monde and the Greek Council for Refugees make clear.

Two reports published last month document in harrowing detail the reality and impact of racist violence across Europe, as well as its intensification against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the growing influence of far-right movements.

In the process they show how criminal justice systems, through a combination of mendacity and inertia, are frequently complicit in attacks ranging from sporadic assaults to those committed by organised far-right terror squads.

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Police face legal challenge over secret files

Undercover Spy Hackeroriginally by: The Guardian
published: 18 October 2013

Police chiefs face a legal challenge over their policy of keeping secret files on thousands of political activists. A police monitoring group and campaigners have started legal action to curb a clandestine database that records its subjects’ political activities.

Police say the database is necessary to keep track of campaigners they deem to be actual or potential “domestic extremists”.

They say they need to identify hardcore protesters who have used, or are about to use, criminal means to promote their political beliefs.

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