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British families demand answers over police custody deaths

Robert Carter
Press TV, London


Thousands of anti-racism activists have gathered in central London for a march on Downing Street against institutional racism in the British police force.

The action, spearheaded by the United Families and Friends Campaign group, aims to raise awareness of the shocking stories of mostly black men who died under suspicious circumstances whilst in police custody.

Friends and family members of victims gather every year to march on Downing Street. However on this occasion numbers have swelled due to the high-profile killing of an unarmed black man, Chris Kaba, in south London earlier this year.

Kaba was fatally shot by armed police on September 5, although he was not in police custody at the time, his killing and the backlash it received has been compared to the notorious George Floyd murder by police in America in 2020.

Black activists remain furious that serious change has yet to come despite the large number of prominent cases against the police.

The UFFC was set up by black families who had lost loved ones at the hands of the state to challenge the injustice in the system. The movement has now grown to include families of all races that die in custody. However, the struggle for answers for many members seems to be a lifelong endeavor.


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