A Campaign is Born: United Campaign against Police Violence



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  • Remember Ian Tomlinson – no more deaths in police custody
  • Freedom to protest – defend civil liberties

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A broad coalition of victims of police violence, together with their representatives, has recently founded The United Campaign Against Police Violence (UCAPV).

The provisional committee so far comprises delegates from United Families Campaign, Inquest, RMT (London Region), Public and Commercial Services Union, University and College Lecturers Union, the newly-formed Servicemens Union, John McDonnell MP (together with the Labour Representation Committee), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Ken Livingstone, Socialist Workers’ Party, Stop the War/Gaza coalition, Green Party, Liberty, Climate Camp, G20 Meltdown and Newham Monitoring Group (among others).

A second post-mortem has revealed that Ian Tomlinson died of internal bleeding, not a heart attack as was initially claimed. The extent of the police lies and cover-up is sickening, and our thoughts and condolences go out to Ian’s family at this difficult time.

An officer from the Metropolitan Police is being interviewed under caution on suspicion of manslaughter. And this comes at a time when
wider questions about police tactics on and around demonstrations are coming thick and fast from all angles.

One tragedy of Ian’s death is that it is not the first time someone has died at the hands of the police. Our campaign must also take up the fight that many others are waging for justice for family members killed in police custody.

Sean Rigg died tragically in unexplained circumstances last August
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These are the events planned and coming up:-

  • Friday April 24, “Lights out” in honour of Ian Tomlinson and all those who have died at the hands of the police, 8:30pm – 9:30pm.
  • Saturday, April 25, Millwall FC, unfurling the banner of the United Campaign against Police Violence.
  • Thursday, April 30, Picket of public meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority.
  • May Day activity – to ensure the campaign and forthcoming events are publicised on all May Day activity.
  • Tuesday 5 May, public rally in Friends Meeting House on Euston Road at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5 May. This will be the public launch of the United Campaign Against Police Violence.

National demonstration, Saturday 23 May, march from Trafalgar Square to Scotland Yard via Downing Street.


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