No More Deaths in Custody

Dave Kellaway asks that on Saturday, October 29th, you express your solidarity by marching on Downing Street with the families and friends of those who have died while in police custody in our country.

 

UFFC Annual Possession 29 October 2022 – assemble at 12 pm Trafalgar Square for a march to Downing Street.

We often walk up the River Lea canal in Hackney, to the north, past the marshes, and into Springfield Park. Just past the Lea Bridge road, you cross a canal bridge. Komang Jack Susianta drowned beneath this bridge seven years ago.

While police were on the scene, he drowned in water 5 to 6 feet deep. Several members of the public who were on their way to help were detained by police officers from the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group who were present. The rescuers, they alleged, were in danger. The Observer article from six years ago, which can be found here, has all the details of the case. For a period, a tiny shrine commemorating Jack’s life was erected on the bridge. This has already gone, but Anna, his mother, and her family, along with scores of other families who have lost relatives in similar circumstances, have been fighting for truth and justice in their cases ever since.

Sukhdev, Ricky Reel’s mother, was interviewed this morning. She had just finished writing a book on her son’s death, whose case was never adequately examined by the police. At the very least, investigators are now looking for any new information about Ricky’s case. The latest report from the Metropolitan Police shows that racism and sexism are at the heart of this injustice.

Anna Susianta told me today:

However, the entire MET is corrupt, racist, and misogynistic. Last week the new Commissioner for the MET, Sir Mark Rowley, said he shed a tear on reading some cases. That’s nothing to the rivers of tears shed by families of people shot, tasered, kicked or restrained by police.

Anna Susianta

And the killings go on:

condolences to the families of Chris Kaba and Oladeji Omishore. Young black men suffer harassment from police every day.

Anna Susianta

We can support Anna and all the other families by supporting the demonstration on October 29th at 12 pm in Trafalgar Square – see the details below.


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Dave Kellaway is on the Editorial Board of Anti*Capitalist Resistance, a member of Socialist Resistance, and Hackney and Stoke Newington Labour Party, a contributor to International Viewpoint and Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres.

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