333 Deaths in Police Custody – No Convictions
Since 1998 there have been 333 deaths in police custody, yet not one officer has been convicted according to a recent Independent Police Complaints Commission Study.
Some of these deaths have involved failures in care of vulnerable people, and even where prosecutions were recommended because of “relatively strong evidence of misconduct or neglect” – none resulted in a guilty verdict.
The report showed that of the 333 deaths, 87 people had been restrained, most commonly being physically held down by officers. In 16 of those cases restraint was linked directly to the death and four were classed as “positional asphyxia”.
The report alleges that juries are unwilling to convict police officers, and the interim Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Len Jackson, said: “It is clear to us there is some real difficulty in this area.”
To read the article on the Guardian website go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/03/deaths-police-custody-officers-convicted.
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