Blunkett orders cell death review

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/3626591.stm

The Home Secretary David Blunkett is to call for a review into the case of a former paratrooper who choked to death in police custody.
Christopher Alder, 37, of Hull, died at Queen's Gardens police station in Hull in April 1998.

The father-of-two had been arrested in hospital, where he was being treated for a banged head following a scuffle outside a hotel.

CCTV footage of his last moments is to be screened in a BBC documentary.


The decision to release the video was made by Mr Alder's sister Janet, of Burnley, Lancashire, in an attempt to win a public inquiry into her brother's death.

She said she was "disappointed, but not surprised" at the Home Secretary's decision to order a review but not a public inquiry.
 
#3
Just watched the BBC programme. I must say that the witch hunt that will no doubt take place will put the entire blame on the coppers. Having seen the BBCs slant on it, I would say it was a very unlucky and unfortunate situation.

I can understand the families point of view but I suggest that the coppers took Alder on the assumtion from the hospital that his life was not in danger. Not saying the coppers are fully blameless but the BBC prog was rather 'Guardian readers' in its point of view.

I also see they are trying to put a racial slant on it too.
 
#4
Just watched the TV prog.

The old bill do a pretty thankless task which I don't think I could do to be perfectly honest. The coppers I know or have had dealings with have been good blokes doing a job of work (and I say that as someone who has been in the cells more than once as well). But this case fcuking stinks of a cover up :evil: far too many unanswered questions.

I just hope the TV prog hasn't prejudiced the case.
 
#5
I think it may well have done, egg. Good ol' BBC just wanting to report went away with chaps in rain coats and stout shoes covering 'things as they unfolded'.

Would this cover up be like the 'Roswell cover up' or the 'Deepcut' cover up'?
 
#6
The Lord Flasheart said:
I think it may well have done, egg. Good ol' BBC just wanting to report went away with chaps in rain coats and stout shoes covering 'things as they unfolded'.

Would this cover up be like the 'Roswell cover up' or the 'Deepcut' cover up'?
More of a 'Deepcut' cover-up I would say.

The most obvious anomoly for me was the fact that this lad gets into the back of a wagon, alone, awake.........arrives at the nick, sparko, trousers and skids round his ankles and mud on this legs...... 8O.

OK, once you can get over that.........he is then left to die while they fcuk about trying to find a charge to fit.........no checks, not even a kick......the assumption being that he's fcuking about.........fine, still kick him to make sure.

Then once it dawns that he's dead their IA drill are shite......... :evil:
 

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