The People’s Tribunal
The People’s Tribunal on Police Killings welcomes the support of Black Lives Matter. The Tribunal is an initiative of the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC), Migrant Media and 4WardEverUK. We are proud to welcome BLM UK as active partners in the Tribunal.
Campaigns of families whose loved ones have died in custody, welcome the continuing support of Black Lives Matter UK. They have consistently helped to promote the work of UFFC and support in our struggles for justice over the years.
The Tribunal is an initiative of UFFC, Migrant Media and 4WardEverUK.
UFFC History & Development
The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) was set up in 1997 by families who had lost loved ones at the hands of the state in order to challenge the injustice in the system.
UFFC began as a network of affected black families because disproportionate numbers of black people were dying in police custody. It now includes families from all cultures.
UFFC supports families of the victims of all custodial deaths and killings at the hands of police officers, immigration and prison officers or in secure mental health or medical units.
What Do We Want?
The People’s Tribunal is designed to take forward the heritage of families struggle in a way that radically challenges the status quo.
We are particularly concerned that the crimes of murder and manslaughter committed by state agents have gone unpunished.
We will establish in the UK context
The failure of State officials to ensure the basic right to life is made worse by the failure of the State to successfully prosecute those responsible for custody deaths.
The failure to successfully prosecute those responsible for deaths in custody sends a message that the State can act with impunity.
The Tribunal will hear evidence regarding the above issues from families and other relevant parties that have been affected. This will be presented to an international panel in a public forum. The panels decisions will then be implemented with the support of international bodies.
Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to UFFC to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody. The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody.
On the 28th September 1985, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Met Police. The shooting sparked the Brixton uprising, in which a community rose up in protest to ongoing, systemic injustice faced by by black communities.
Traditionally, a letter is hand delivered to 10 Downing Street with the demands to reform state custody practices and procedures. This years letter was sent by post and is reproduced in full in this article.
Want To Get Involved?
The People’s Tribunal on Police Killings has ambitious aspirations and will need the input and support of many. Please contact us for more information.