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Families of people killed by the police march on Downing Street demanding justice

FAMILIES of people killed by the police marched to Downing Street on Saturday to demand justice.

The United Friends and Families Campaign (UFFC) staged their annual rally highlighting the issue of deaths in custody.

They were joined by activists from Scotland and France amid chants of “Who are the murderers? Police are the murderers!”

Mohammed Yaqub told the rally that his son Yassar was “assassinated by police” when he “went out for an evening meal” in West Yorkshire on January 2 2017.

He slammed police for not wearing body cameras during the fatal car stop, in which he said Yassar was “shot three times through the windscreen.”

“He has a young son of four years old who asks me regularly, where is my daddy?”

Pointing to the sky, Mr Yaqub said: “Is my daddy up there? When’s my daddy going to come [home]?”

A speaker from Sheku Bayoh’s family campaign in Scotland also spoke at the rally.

Mr Bayoh died in police custody in Kirkcaldy in 2015 with multiple injuries to his face, arms, chest and legs.

The crowd was joined by a spokeswoman from Mwasi, a pan-African feminist collective in France, who said: “Police assassination of our people happens everywhere, in the UK, in France, in America.”

She said it was important to consider “how safe do we feel reporting crimes, what happens when we actually do, if they don’t stand there and laugh at us, will they actually take it seriously?”

This month the family of Mark Duggan, whose death in Tottenham sparked nationwide rioting in 2011, settled their damages claim against the Metropolitan Police.


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