On 11 January 1999, Roger Sylvester, a 30 year old black man, was restrained outside his home by eight police officers, from Tottenham Police Station. He sustained numerous injuries and was later in a coma on a life support system.
Seven days later, Roger was dead.
- We will do all in
our power legitimately, to ensure that this matter is thoroughly and
in order to establish the truth as to how Roger, a fit and healthy 30
year old man came to a horrific and premature death after being detained by
- Police officers involved in custody deaths are suspended until investigations are completed.
Officers responsible for deaths should face criminal charges even if retired or otherwise.
All deaths in custody should be investigated independently.
Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to be replaced by a body independent of the police.
Police forces are made accountable to the communities they serve.
Legal aid and full disclosure should be made available to the relatives of the
Where an unlawful killing verdict is returned, a prosecution should follow automatically.
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