Category Archives: Appeals & Petitions

Custody campaign groups back a new ‘refreshing’ research project

Police Shieldsource: Dr David Baker
published: 10 February 2017

4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are putting their support behind new research to be conducted by Dr David Baker of Coventry University, examining custody deaths from the viewpoint of the families that are affected.

Here’s what Dr David Baker has to say;

“I’m trying to make contact with you because I am interviewing family members who have had relatives die after police contact. I am documenting a number of things, the key ones are: how this death occurred, how you feel it was represented in the media, how the community reacted to the death, how you tried to get justice for your loved one, and how you feel you were (or were not) supported through this process. Read the rest of this entry

Launch of the Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund appeal

Mikey Powell Campaigners

Mikey Powell Campaigners

source: 4WardEver UK
published: 30 August 2015

On the twelfth anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell, who died in the custody of West Midlands Police, campaigning news group 4WardEver UK, which was launched on 1st June 2006 by his cousin Tippa Naphtali, will be launching the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund appeal.

The Fund is being developed in conjunction with the Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign, The United Families & Friends Campaign and Migrant Media.

Organisers also acknowledge the late Pauline Campbell who died in May 2008.

The fund will be the first permanent national resource of its kind for those affected by deaths in custody, making small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the UK to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives. Read the rest of this entry

PM Custody death response rejected

Statement from 4WardEver UK
3rd October 2009

The United Families & Friends Campaign and 4WardEver UK reject the Prime Ministers response to a previous petition against custody deaths on the Number10 e-petition website. We challenge the Prime Minister once again to address the issues raised.

Petition: Access Here >

Available until 31st March 2010 (target 2000 signatures)
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4WardEver UK decided to launch a separate and international appeal demanding a change in the policies and practices that continue to see people dying and abused in the so-called care of the state.

The United Families & Friends Campaign is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals.

Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has ever been convicted for any of these deaths. The film INJUSTICE depicts how Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Shiji Lapite and Ibrahima Sey met violent deaths at the hands of the police and documents a five year period when their families came together to fight for the truth.

See original petition on the No10 Website >

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Many thanks for your continued support.
The 4WardEver UK Team