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(en) Freedom 6402 25 Jan, 2003 - Injustice

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Date Thu, 30 Jan 2003 04:37:39 -0500 (EST)

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Around a hundred people protested outside Tottenham 
police station on 11th January to mark the fourth 
anniversary of the death of Roger Sylvester, who died in 
police custody in 1999. The exceptionally cold weather 
served to remind people that Roger was carried naked 
from his home by eight officers. While he was being 
restrained by them, he fell into a coma and seven days 
later he died. After the protest the film Injustice, about 
deaths in police custody, was shown at a nearby church.
The officers involved in Roger's death refused to answer 
questions during an enquiry carried out by Essex police, 
and a coroner's inquest has yet to be held. This is the 
longest delay ever for a death in custody on the 
Unsurprisingly the family have no faith in the justice 
system, saying they can't get on with their lives because 
of the emotional effect of not knowing what was done to 
Roger. They don't like the inquest procedure, but say 
they've no choice but to pursue it. An inquest would be 
their only chance to challenge the findings of the Essex 
police investigation, which seems to have found no 
criminal wrongdoing on the part of arresting officers. 
None of the eight have been prosecuted.
Roger Sylvester Justice Campaign, PO Box 25908, 
London N18 1WU
Telephone 07931 970 442 or visit www.rsjc.org.uk

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