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What would a US audience make of a British film about deaths in police custody?

Duncan Campbell
Thursday April 18, 2002
The Guardian

The setting is perhaps not a traditional one for a Los Angeles film premiere. There are no television news crews, no red carpets and no breathless crowds waiting for a glimpse of the stars. Instead, the venue is the bare assembly hall of a school in south LA and the audience consists mainly of black and Latino relatives and friends of people who have died in police custody in the city, political activists attached to campaigns connected to those deaths, as well as some curious locals.

 
Messing with the Fed PDF Print E-mail
The police trade union has thrown a virutally impregnable protective wall around its members

Nick Cohen
Sunday August 26, 2001
The Observer

To date, the newish Criminal Case Review Commission has examined claims from 3,218 convicts that they were falsely imprisoned. Can you make a stab at estimating how many have been upheld? Before you speculate, remember the cynical wisdom that everyone in jail will swear on all they hold sacred that they're innocent. The cynics aren't all wrong. I've no doubt that some lags were trying it on when they attempted to persuade the commission's civil servants to raise doubts about their convictions before the Court of Appeal. You shouldn't forget either that jail cells are a fourth-rate substitute for closed mental hospitals. They hold luckless beneficiaries of 'community care' who can protest that they've been framed with genuine sincerity. Unfortunately they can also be howling mad.

 
The film that refuses to die PDF Print E-mail
The makers of a documentary on deaths in police custody are defying threats to stop the film being shown. They believe nothing less than freedom of expression is at stake

Martin Bright
Sunday August 12, 2001
The Observer

The makers of a controversial film narrated by British actress Cathy Tyson about deaths in police custody are planning a wave of nationwide "guerrilla screenings" to defy police threats of legal action to stop the film being shown.

 
Audience hijacks hall to see deaths in custody film PDF Print E-mail

Allan Ramsay
Thursday, 12 July 2001
Evening Standard

An audience took over Conway Hall in central London and defied threats of legal action so they could see a controversial film which names eight police officers as being responsible for the deaths of people in custody.

Police were called when about 150 people barricaded themselves in the hall last night and took over the projector to ensure the screening of the movie, called Injustice, went ahead. Staff tried to stop the event by opening a skylight and turning on the lights to make it difficult to see the screen.