United Families And Friends Campaign Attacked By Police-Can There Really Be Any Doubt, There Is Something Really Very Wrong With This Country?
Members of NCAG joined the United Families And Friends Campaign in Trafalgar Square for a silent march to Downing Street on Saturday.
‘UFFC’ is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of the police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. It includes the families of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Aseta Simms, Ricky Bishop, Paul Jemmont, Harry Stanley, Glenn Howard, Mikey Powell, Jason McPherson, Lloyd Butler, Azelle Rodney, Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Olaseni Lewis, Smiley Culture, Kingsley Burrell, Demetre Fraser and Mark Duggan to name but a few.
The march itself was calm but highly emotional, especially when a list of over 3000 names of people who had died in custody since 1969 was handed out to all present. In 42 years of deaths in custody, not one person has been convicted for any of these deaths.
Each year the campaign makes it’s way to Downing Street to listen to speeches and to hand in a petition calling for those responsible for all deaths in custody to be held to account.
This year was no different, or so we thought, until Downing Street police refused to accept the petition. That was insult enough for the relatives you would think…only the police then proceeded to attack, kick, punch, drag across the road, kettle and arrest family members of victims and their supporters.
The police never cease to amaze us with the lows they can stoop to, but this can not just be brushed under the carpet this time. Surely there can be nothing as low as the brutalization and obstruction of families in mourning by the very people responsible for many of the deaths to their family members.
We’d urge all witnesses and victims of this degradation to submit complaints as soon as possible, and all those who have not joined the UFFC to do so immediately and start to take stock of some of their other political priorities….because how can there be anything more a threat to ordinary decent members of the British populace, than an out of control and unaccountable state sponsored army of police thugs brutalizing and murdering their way across the streets of this country.
No Justice No Peace.