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Black People are more likely to die in custody according to report

The charity Inquest has said that racism isn't being properly examined after black people are killed by police

IMAGE: Custody Cell - West Midlands Police

The charity director, Dame Deborah Coles said that systemic racism is "deep-rooted" after their latest report published that black individuals are 7 times more likely to die after police restraint.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that they were "committed to working with Inquest and others to reduce the number of deaths in custody.

This follows a report by BBC News in 2020, which found that black people are disproportionately more likely to be detained by the police, and The Met Police in London are four times more likely to use force on black people.

The report I Can't Breathe: Race, Death and British Policing was released on Monday by Inquest, which works with the families of people who have died following police contact.

Some of the figures that emerged from this report included that of custody deaths between 2011 and 2021 23 were black. This is over 6 times the proportion in the UK.

The IOPC investigated two police killings of black men last year including 24-year-old Chris Kaba who was shot in South London and Oladeji Omishore, aged 41, who was tasered by police, and died after he was pulled from the River Thames.


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