Deadly silence: black deaths in custody

The first comprehensive study in Britain on how black people have died in the custody of the police, prisons and special hospitals.

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From 1969, when David Oluwale was harassed and beaten by Leeds police officers and drowned in the River Aire, to January 1991, when Delroy McKnight, diagnosed as schizophrenic, systematically sawed through his neck with a piece of glass broken from his Wandsworth cell window and bled to death, there has been one continuous cycle of discrimination, deprivation and death. The IRR unearths the facts of how 75 black people died and makes recommendations as to how deaths in custody could be prevented.

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Read the introduction to this report by A. Sivanandan


By the Institute of Race Relations, A5, 75pp., ISBN 0 85001 038 1, 1991