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UFFC Memorial Procession, 2016

Between 1990 and mid-December 2016, 1,583 people have died in police custody or following other forms of contact with police. According to casework by INQUEST, ‘a disproportionate number of those who die in or following police custody  following the use of force are from black and minority ethnic [BAME/BME] communities’.

The United Families and Friends Campaign is a coalition of people affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. The group formed in 1997 as a network of Black families, but has since expanded to include other families and friends from a variety of ethnicities.

The following photographs were captured at the campaign’s 18th annual rally in London, which marches from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street, the seat of the UK government.

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  Rebecca Louise Overy died whilst in the care of Annesley House, an adult mental health care facility. She was 18.

Rebecca Louise Overy died whilst in the care of Annesley House, an adult mental health care facility. She was 18.

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 Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg, reads from a list of thousands of names of those who’ve died in UK state custoday. Sean Rigg, a British musician and music producer who suffered from schizophrenia, died in 2008 whilst in police custody.

Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg, reads from a list of thousands of names of those who’ve died in UK state custoday. Sean Rigg, a British musician and music producer who suffered from schizophrenia, died in 2008 whilst in police custody.

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 Marcia Rigg at the head of the march, carrying a letter addressed to Prime Minister Theresa May with a list of the campaign’s demands.

Marcia Rigg at the head of the march, carrying a letter addressed to Prime Minister Theresa May with a list of the campaign’s demands.

 Kingsley Burrell died in 2011 at age 29 from cardiac arrest while in police custody. Three officers were charged with perverting the course of justice in 2016, after an inquest found prolonged restraint and failure to provide medical help had been a factor in his death.  Adrian McDonald died in 2014 at age 34 after he was tasered by police in Newscastle-under-Lyme. An investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has concluded that three officers could face criminal prosecution over his death.

Kingsley Burrell died in 2011 at age 29 from cardiac arrest while in police custody. Three officers were charged with perverting the course of justice in 2016, after an inquest found prolonged restraint and failure to provide medical help had been a factor in his death.

Adrian McDonald died in 2014 at age 34 after he was tasered by police in Newscastle-under-Lyme. An investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has concluded that three officers could face criminal prosecution over his death.

 Offering guidance to a friend’s son. (T-shirt reads: ‘1518 deaths in police custody since 1990 in England and Wales. 0 convictions.’)

Offering guidance to a friend’s son. (T-shirt reads: ‘1518 deaths in police custody since 1990 in England and Wales. 0 convictions.’)

 Police standing watch at the gates of Downing Street; the march has congregated just across the street.

Police standing watch at the gates of Downing Street; the march has congregated just across the street.

 Bereaved family members who hand-delivered the campaign letter to the Prime Minister’s residence were forced to cover up t-shirts portraying their lost loved ones before entering the premises.

Bereaved family members who hand-delivered the campaign letter to the Prime Minister’s residence were forced to cover up t-shirts portraying their lost loved ones before entering the premises.

 The march draws the attention of many bystanders; others, dressed in gowns and tuxedos, appear unmoved.

The march draws the attention of many bystanders; others, dressed in gowns and tuxedos, appear unmoved.