Britain’s most senior police leaders are considering making a public admission that their forces are institutionally racist, the Guardian has learned.

High-level discussions began on Thursday and come as their special adviser on race says the declaration is needed if promises of radical reform are to be believed by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. More discussions will be held in January, and a decision from police chiefs is expected in February.

"The race crisis that has gripped policing led to thousands of people taking to the streets across the UK in support of Black Lives Matter, triggered by the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the US in May 2020."

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29 June 2021

PC who killed Dalian Atkinson jailed

Benjamin Monk, 43, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty last week of killing former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson.

The West Mercia Police constable tasered the victim for 33 seconds. When Mr Atkinson fell to the ground, Monk kicked him at least twice with such force that his bootlaces left an imprint on Mr Atkinson’s forehead. FURTHER CPS READING

The 43-year-old police officer, who has been jailed for eight years, is the first officer in England or Wales to be convicted of manslaughter as a result of police contact in more than 30 years. BBC READING

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Justice Mohamud Hassan
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Police officer served misconduct notice as part of investigation into Mohamud Hassan's death.

Mohamud Hassan came into contact with 52 police officers within the hours before his death

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Leon Briggs died in hospital after being restrained and detained. The court had heard that 'prone restraint and prolonged struggle', according to the post mortem, were a primary cause of death.

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Police officer in death case resigned before disciplinary action

Family of Edson Da Costa were not informed of resignation over a year ago

The only police officer due to face misconduct proceedings over the death of a black man resigned before a disciplinary hearing could take place, the Observer can reveal. read more

He was 25, a father and a car mechanic. Five minutes after being stopped by police on 15 June 2017, he was lying unresponsive on the ground. After an inquest and inquiry, family and friends are still fighting for justice read more

Deaths In Police Custody: Why Has No Police Officer Been Convicted?



The treatment of people in police custody has come under intense scrutiny since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis – and not just in the US. More than 1740 people have died in custody or following police contact in England & Wales since 1990 – with recent figures showing Black people twice as likely to die as white people. Questions have also been raised about how accountable the police are for deaths of people under their watch.

David Oluwale – Leeds 1969,  Cynthia Jarrett – Tottenham 1985,  Joy Gardner – Crouch End 1993, Christopher Alder – Hull 1998,  Sean Rigg – Brixton  2008,  Mark Duggan – Tottenham 2011