Vulnerable people and deaths in police custody | Letters

Nik Wood and Matthew Scott respond to the Elish Angiolini report on deaths in police custody, while Nick Moss says that until we stop ‘othering’ prisoners, prison conditions will not improveContrary to Elish Angiolini’s report (Deaths in custody report urges wide reform, 31 October), there has been one conviction of the police for a death in custody but it supports not undermines her conclusions. In March 2004, Craig Boyd was detained in a Derby police station with instructions that he be closely monitored because of his vulnerability. CCTV at the station showed that this was not done; the custody officer was watching Finding Nemo and Craig was found hanged. In 2007, PC David Stoll was tried for misconduct in public office, convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for a year and he was sacked.

Three years to reach the conclusion that it was all the fault of the lowest-ranked officer, the CPS bringing the lowest level of charge available and the court imposing a lenient sentence on one of its own. All suspicions held by bereaved families confirmed by this unique case.

Nik Wood

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