Hundreds march to remember those who died in state custody

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Hundreds of friends and relatives of radical who died successful situation oregon constabulary custody person held a procession done cardinal London successful remembrance and calling for justness for their loved ones.

Supporters of the United Friends & Families Campaign gathered successful Trafalgar Square conscionable aft midday connected Saturday for the march, which has taken spot each twelvemonth successful London since 1999.

They carried banners with photos and pictures of those who they accidental had died astatine the hands of the constabulary and state, and called retired their names arsenic they marched.

“It’s an yearly memorial, it’s successful representation of each loved ones that person died astatine the hands of the authorities successful the United Kingdom, and we are remembering them today,” said Marcia Rigg, 57, from Mitcham.

Rigg’s brother, Sean Rigg, suffered a bosom onslaught successful Brixton constabulary presumption successful 2008 aft helium was restrained by constabulary portion suffering an occurrence of intelligence sick health. She is present the seat of the UFFC.

“It’s a memorial procession arsenic opposed to a protestation march, adjacent though it is simply a protestation against the non-accountability of immoderate of these deaths successful custody,” Rigg said. “I’m definite determination is not 1 household present that has received justice.”

“We person to retrieve our loved ones, to support their memories live and support @UFFCampaign astatine the apical of the governmental agenda.”

Marcia Rigg, 57, from Mitcham, whose brother, Sean, died astatine Brixton constabulary presumption successful 2008.

— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) October 30, 2021

The UFFC was started successful 1997. Among the founding members was Brenda Weinberg, whose brother, Brian Douglas, was killed erstwhile helium was struck successful the caput with a baton by a constabulary serviceman successful 1995.

Standing successful the assemblage with her daughter, Weinberg, present 61, from Wimbledon, said: “It’s conscionable bittersweet that 22 years connected we are inactive doing this, and determination are inactive caller families. That’s the bittersweet part.

“It would person been Brian’s day yesterday.”

“It’s conscionable bittersweet that 22 years connected we are inactive doing this and determination are inactive caller families.”

Brenda Weinberg, 61, right, from Wimbledon, the laminitis of @UFFCampaign, whose member Brian Douglas died aft being struck with a baton by constabulary successful Clapham successful 1995.

— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) October 30, 2021

After gathering successful Trafalgar Square, protesters marched down Whitehall towards Downing Street. Rigg led the march, chanting the names of men and women including Jean Charles de Menezes, Joy Gardner, Olaseni Lewis, and, a much caller addition, Sarah Everard.

“We basal successful solidarity with Sarah Everard’s family, and my lone privation is that they could beryllium lasting with america today; but we are marching with her arsenic well,” Rigg told the Guardian.

At Downing Street, the march shared abstraction with a noisy protestation against the subject coup successful Sudan, with speakers’ amplified voices battling with the different protester’s chants and airhorns to beryllium heard.

Among those who spoke was Ajibola Lewis, the parent of Olaseni Lewis. Her lad died aft being restrained by constabulary astatine Bethlem royal infirmary successful southbound London successful 2010, aft admitting himself voluntarily for a intelligence wellness episode.

“Seni was 23, a graduate,” she said. “He went into a spot of care, but helium was killed.”

Keshia Johnson had travelled from Manchester with her family. Her 17-year-old brother, Ronaldo Johnson, died successful April aft the car helium was riding successful arsenic a rider crashed during a constabulary chase.

“We person conscionable been batted from the constabulary to the IOPC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] for information, but we are nary wiser arsenic to what’s happened,” she said.

“It needs to change. It needs to stop.”