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Remembering Sheku Bayoh - One Year On

KADIJA GEORGE
London, ENG, United Kingdom

May 2, 2016 — PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE
2 May 2016

One Year On: The Anniversary of the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh

His family still waits for the final report into the investigation of the police involved in his death.

One year ago, on 3 May 2015, the 31 year old father of two, Sheku Bayoh , died in police custody in Kircaldy, Scotland.
Forced onto the ground in the early hours of a Sunday morning by seven members of the police force, Sheku never got up alive. After hearing five different versions from the police of what happened that fateful morning, the family knew that something was seriously wrong.
Yet they still have no answer from the official investigation. The family marks the sad anniversary with an event on 8th May 2016 from 2-7pm at Templehall Community Centre, Kirkcaldy KY2 6EX.

His family continue their wait now wait for the report from the Police Investigations and Review Commission (PIRC, Scotland’s equivalent to England’s IPC) before deciding on their next steps because Police Scotland will not be legally bound by the outcomes of this report – even if the Police are found to be at fault. But neither does the family have to accept the results as final, as they were reminded in a House of Commons public meeting, chaired by MP Roger Mullin on 29 October 2015 at Westminster, which was attended by ten MP’s.
Instead, the family is calling for a public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh’s death and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland informed them that she will give this “serious consideration”. There is already legal precedent in Scotland under the Inquiries Act 2005 for this to happen.

3 May is yet another timely reminder to fight for the rights not only of Sheku Bayoh and his family, but all families who have lost a loved one in state custody; and nearly all of the families are still waiting for honest answers – Sheku’s death is one of nearly 1,500 deaths in police custody in the past 25 years. Of this number, at least 500 are people of African or Asian descent. No official has ever been prosecuted.
Inquest http://www.inquest.org.uk/issues/home

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NOTES
A Call for Action and commemoration event

A commemoration event will take place:
Date: 8th May 2016 
Venue: Templehall Community Centre 
Address: Beauly Place 
Kirkcaldy KY2 6EX
Time: 2-7pm.
Hope to see you all.
If you are unable join the family on 8th May, please remember Sheku in your prayers on 3 May, the anniversary of his death.

Please write to your local MP’, sign our petitions for justice, start new petitions, hold public meetings, to demand that the state takes action on the demands of the families who have suffered injustice at the hands of state authorities.

If you would like a letter template so that you can simply fill in the correct name and address of your MP. Contact: shekubayohrip@gmail.com

The Bayoh Family thank family, friends and supporters for this year of support and solidarity.

For more information contact:

m: 07588 605 780 (Ade Johnson) Justice4Sheku Campaign (Sheku Bayoh Organisation)
07980 269 138 (Kadija George) Justice4Sheku Campaign (Sheku Bayoh Organisation)
e:shekubayohrip@gmail.com
t: @Justice4Sheku
Details can be found on: http://www.shekubayoh.org

For more information contact
shekubayohrip@gmail.com

m: 07588 605 780 (Ade Johnson) Sheku Bayoh Campaign
07980 269 138 (Kadija George) Sheku Bayoh Campaign
twitter: @Justice4Sheku
Details can be found on: http://www.shekubayoh.org

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE JUSTICE4SHEKU CAMPAIGN
Kirckaldy, Scotland
http://www.shekubayoh.org/


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