Deaths in Custody

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BRIAN DOUGLAS: Suffered brain damage when hit by US-style baton after being stopped for bad driving in 1996. Died five days later. Police said a blow was aimed at the 33- year-old's arm because he was carrying CS gas and a knife.

IBRAHIMA SEY: Died at Ilford police station, east London, in 1996 after being sprayed with CS. He was surrounded by police with his hands chained. An inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

WAYNE DOUGLAS: Died in Brixton police station, south London, in 1995 from heart failure caused by "positional asphyxia" after a chase. Police held him face down and later said the 25-year old had a knife.

JOY GARDNER: Died in 1993 after police arrived at her north London home to deport her as an illegal immigrant. The officers wrapped 13ft of sticking tape around her head to stop her biting. Three officers were cleared of killing her.


Suffered 36 to 45 injuries during incident with police in Stoke Newington, north London, in 1994. One officer applied a neck hold that fractured his larynx.