The summing up at the inquest into the death of Habib “Paps” Ullah starts today.
Please follow the hashtags #Papsinquest and #7YearsNoJustice to get updates and breaking news over the next few days, and retweet the tweets. The campaign’s Twitter is @Justice4Paps.
All news and daily reports from the inquest can be read on Justice4Paps website.
About the case
Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah died on Thursday 3rd July 2008 after being thrown to the ground during a stop and search by police officers in a car park in High Wycombe. He was 39 years old and leaves behind a young family.
Justice4Paps have fought for nearly seven years to ensure answers and justice through an inquest. An initial inquest in 2010 was stopped part way through at the request of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, after officers said that they had changed their accounts of the night based on legal advice.
For more information, watch this video:
Since Habib’s death in 2008 there have been two other deaths in custody in High Wycombe and Slough of African-Caribbean men. In the last 18 months there have been five Muslim deaths in custody in the UK and as campaigners Justice4Paps have been active in supporting those families and other victims of police harassment and brutality. If you are able, please consider making a donation to Justice4Paps to enable them to continue their essential work.
Date: Saturday 22nd November 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 3pm
Location: outside Brixton Library, Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1JQ
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/773524506046394/
March from Windrush Square to Brixton Police Station
Join Doreen Bishop, InPDUM and more to commemorate and demand Justice for Ricky Bishop, who died in custody at Brixton Police Station in 2001.
On the afternoon of Thursday 22nd November 2001, Ricky Bishop, a 25 year old man of African-Caribbean heritage, was arrested in whilst in a car and taken to Brixton Station. His mother, Doreen was informed several hours later that he was in hospital. Shortly after she arrived she was told that he had died. He had unexplained injuries to his mouth, wrists and legs.
The police issued a what the family describe as a misleading press release about the circumstances surrounding Ricky Bishop’s death. They also held grave concerns that they were not informed about the contents of the press release before it was issued.
An inquest was held but the family complain that vital evidence was withheld and the injuries on Ricky’s body have never been explained.
More details at 4WardEver
Called by International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM)
video from @OccupiedTimes
Extract from opening speech by Minkah Adofo of United Families and Friends Campaign:
“We are here today, at a very minimum, to say that these people, our loved ones, did not die in vain. Second, we are here today to say to the British government that we want justice. And third, we are here to recognise that these killings are not just about isolated officers… they are backed up by the state.
We want everyone to know this is not just an issue that affects the Black community, although we are disproportionately represented… In fact, the majority of the people killed in custody are actually white.
It’s important that you support the campaign, because an important question is raised over these killings, and the question is – what kind of society do we want to live in? It seems very clear to us, that we are living under a police state. Because when the police, and the various agencies of the state can go out and commit these brutal murders and get away with it, it means that none of us are safe.”
Also featured in the video:
- Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg
- Carole Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan
- Myrna Simpson, mother of Joy Gardner
- Ajibola Lewis, mother of Seni Lewis
Collective memory is a fire that never dies.
In August 2011 Britain was on fire – what was the spark that led to the crisis? When Mark Duggan was shot by the police the scene was set for a confrontation but it was not the first time. In this grass-roots documentary we hear why Tottenham burned, show how the flames spread and look at the deep-rooted reasons that have set fires blazing in the last four decades. Four people in this small community, all black and working class, have died at the hands of the police and this film retraces their story. Powerful witness testimonies are balanced against police reaction to the violence that exploded and the film offers a fresh political analysis of the cause of the uprising. Exploring ideas of collective memory ‘Burn’ is poetry for the people.
This event will feature a screening of the new documentary film by Migrant Media, followed by a Q&A with Marcia Rigg (Sister of Sean Rigg), Minkah Adofo (United Families & Friends Campaign) and Director Ken Fero.
Organised by London Campaign Against Police and State Violence & United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC)
Lecture Theatre B04, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/728179040588509/
March with us in solidarity for an end to deaths in custody.
There have been over 3000 deaths in state custody since 1969. There has not been a single successful homicide prosecution, despite evidence of unreasonable force and several unlawful killing inquest verdicts.
Join United Families and Friends Campaign on Saturday 25 October 2014 for their annual rally, protest march and petition submission to 10 Downing Street. Assemble for the rally at 12pm in Trafalgar Square. Please wear black. London Campaign Against Police & State Violence will be there with banners.
Marcia Rigg of the Sean Rigg Justice Campaign will now be speaking at our conference. This means we will no longer be screening Burn but instead a section of Who Polices the Police which is about her family’s story. People who want to see Burn can come on Friday 17th October to our film screening of Burn with United Families and Friends Campaign at Birkbeck University. More details on Facebook.
London Campaign Against Police and State Violence will be holding our annual conference on the theme of ‘The Right to Life Under Threat by the State’. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free (but donations are welcome).
The full programme will be published shortly. The conference will feature:
Richard Hoggart Building Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths (University of London), Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Facebook event is here.
Please RSVP by emailing lcapsv (a) gmail . com
On 6 August, we stood in solidarity with the family members of Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Leon Patterson and many others as they called on the Crown Prosecution Service to deliver justice. The United Families and Friends campaign is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. UFFC said:
The Crown Prosecution Service is charged with inaction. Last week charges were brought against the officer who shot dead Azelle Rodney in 2005. Why did his mother, Susan Alexander, have to wait nine years for that officer to be charged?
Many other families whose loved ones died in custody, are still waiting for the CPS to make a decision. The standard response in recent years has been ‘ not enough evidence to prosecute’ – but this is not good enough.
Crown Prosecution Service – charge the killers now!
You can see pictures from the picket by clicking the Storify link below: