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Why they shout, 'Coconut! Black's no good in blue' -- Deborah Orr, The Independent 10 January 2003 PDF Print E-mail
The police care little for the deaths of black men whose encounters with them go tragically wrong

This year, young as it is, has already been billed as the year Britain woke up to black-on-black gun violence. Tough legislation on guns has been spewing out of the Home Office this week, including a mandatory ­ in most cases ­ five years for possession of a firearm, a crackdown on replica weapons, and a hike in the age for the legal use of airguns.

Injustice -- Black Filmmaker Magazine, September 2001 PDF Print E-mail
Sonali Bhattacharyya

Brian Douglas died from a severe blow to the head. Roger Sylvester died after being restrained on the ground by eight men. Joy Gardener died of asphyxiation after her head was bound with thirteen feet of tape. Harry Stanley died after being shot twice. Ibrahima Sey died from asphyxiation after being repeatedly restrained, and sprayed with CS gas.

Injustice --The Guardian - Film Reviews, Friday September 28, 2001 PDF Print E-mail

Peter Bradshaw

Ken Fero and Tariq Mehmood's documentary - downbeat in manner, polemical in effect - tells a harrowing story. This is the testimony of the families of those people, almost entirely black men from South and East London, who died in police custody in the 90s. As the film continues, a repeat- pattern modus operandi emerges. A twitchy, uncertain police presence on the street; a mysterious death in custody, then the closing of ranks. This has found its logical extension in sabre-rattling threats of legal action by the Police Federation, avowedly on the basis that individual policemen are mentioned, though this is always in the context of rehearsing the details of official inquiries and inquests.

BBC News Entertainment Reviews by Cindi John

Wednesday, 12 September, 2001

Brian Douglas' last words to his family were "sort it" - to make accountable whoever was responsible for his death. It is, in essence, what the film Injustice attempts to do. Mr Douglas died in 1995 after a 'stop and search' by two police officers in 1995 culminated in him being rushed to hospital with massive head injuries. A pathologist said the blow inflicted by a police baton was the equivalent of him falling 11 times his own height onto his head.

My tears will catch them -- Sight & Sound Magazine - October 2001 PDF Print E-mail
Threats of legal action from the police have prompted the makers of 'Injustice', a new film about four cases of death in custody, to conduct guerrilla screenings across the UK. Adrian Cooper reports

A group of people huddle at the exit of London's Turnpike Lane tube station. Fat droplets of August rain have given way to sunlight, but the crowd stays, hovering uncertainly under the concrete canopy until a young woman arrives and asks in a hushed voice: 'Are you here for the screening?'

Injustice -- Pride Magazine September 2001 PDF Print E-mail

by Ewa Jasiewicz

6am on a warm July morning 1993 and Jamaican born Joy Gardner and her five year-old son Graeme are fast asleep. Their slumber is shattered by three officers from the Metropolitan Police Deportation Unit, two Haringey-based police officers and an immigration official forcing their way into their flat with the intention of deporting them back to where they came from. Squad cars full of officers await further instructions outside. The six agents use more than just their bare hands to restrain Joy; they tie her up with a body belt and ankle straps before winding 13 feet of surgical tape around her face. She dies from suffocation in front of her son. When the three officers finally prosecuted stand trial accused of Joy's murder, a verdict of Not Guilty is returned. None are convicted or even punished, infact, following their case at the Old Bailey the officers are promoted.

TIME OUT -- Time Out (April 2001) PDF Print E-mail

Injustice (Ken Fero & Tariq Mehmood, 2001, UK) With the relatives of Shiji Lapite, Brian Douglas, Ibrahima Sey and Joy Gardner. 100 mins. Documentary.

It's not about Apartheid-era South Africa, and neither is it about the Aboriginal victims of the Western Australian authorities. No, this is about down home, English-style oppression, and it features some of the worst cases of violent death in police custody of modern times. Since David Oluwale became the first black person to die in just this way in the UK in 1969, 1000 others have followed him to a similar end. No police officer has been convicted in relation to any of these cases. Now, seven years of inside footage tells the full story from the people's side as the film follows four of the victims' families, charting their ceaseless efforts to retrieve the bodies, the sham of police investigations and the often dubious role played by a supposedly independent judiciary. Finished just days ago, 'Injustice' builds its case calmly and precisely, to devastating effect. Harrowing and profoundly moving, this is film that flares with focussed anger at the ongoing hypocrisy of police exclusion from normal and expected prosecution. A rousing hymn to united struggle and required viewing for every concerned citizen of these often repressive islands, 'Injustice' is a requiem for the murdered, a celebration of family commitment and a call to protest and redress that must not go unheard. (Gareth Evans/April 2001)
Why? -- The Guardian PDF Print E-mail

There have been 1,000 deaths in police custody in the past 30 years - and not one officer has been convicted as a result. Simon Hatterstone reports on a film that exposes persistent racism at the heart of an institution.

The Guardian
Friday March 30, 2001