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UK: Protest outside Home Office, and screening of acalimed film 'Injustice'

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Protest the death in police custody outside the Home Office on 7th May 2004. Earlier in the day you can catch a free screening of the acclaimed film, \'Injustice\'. Wednesday 5th May 2004 - London

at the
Home Office
50 Queen Anne¹s Gate, London SW1

12.30pm to 2pm

Since Christopher Alder died on 1st April 1998 in the custody of Humberside Police, Christopher¹s family have faced a constant battle for justice. The shocking footage recently broadcast on the BBC exposed to the wider public the CCTV pictures of Christopher¹s last moments. The Home Secretary responded with a Œreview¹ that will change nothing and will not force the officers - who watched Christopher die - to answer the questions they have avoided over the last six years.

The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), the coalition of relatives and friends who have lost loved ones in custody supports the Justice for Christopher Alder Campaign\'s demand for a proper independent public inquiry. We urge you to join us outside the Home Office.




** Winner Best Documentary - BFM London Film Festival 2002 **
** Winner National Social Justice Award 2003 **
** Winner Best Documentary (Human Rights) - One World Film Festival 2003**


2.30pm film screening followed by Q&A with families

Assembly Chambers
City Hall, Queen\'s Walk, London, SE1

You are invited to a special screening of INJUSTICE, a film about the struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody. The film documents a five-year period when the families of Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Shiji Lapite, Roger Sylvester and Ibrahima Sey come together to fight for justice. Followed by Q&A session with film makers and the families of Christopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and others.

Injustice presents evidence that serving police officers have committed crimes of manslaughter and murder. On its release in April 2001 the Police Federation and individual police officers tried to suppress the film through threats of legal action. The police claim the film is an incitement to riot and that it libels the police officers involved in the deaths. Since it\'s first public showing Injustice has had hundreds of screenings in cinemas, film festivals, community centres and universities. Despite continuing to screen the film the police have not taken any legal action to defend their names in court. All television channels in the UK have refused to broadcast the film.


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Film Background
Injustice is the story of the struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody. Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has ever been convicted for any of these deaths. Injustice depicts how Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Shiji Lapite and Ibrahima Sey all met violent deaths at the hands of the police. The film documents a five year period when the families of the dead began to come together to fight for the truth.

Injustice took seven years to produce. Since its launch in July 2001 the police tried to censor the film. The Police Federation and individual police officers threatened legal action at cinemas and at the film makers who refused to stop screening the film and instead took it on a national tour showing it anywhere they could. The audience took over one cinema and projected the film when the cinema manager, under threat of the police, refused to. Critically acclaimed in its own right, Injustice also gained press and news coverage across all national channels as well as on CNN.

Injustice has been described as the most politically controversial film of recent years. It has moved cinema audiences to tears and inspired others to action with its portrayal of the struggles for justice by the families of people who have died at the hands of police officers.

All television broadcasters in the UK have refused to show the film, in April 2002 the film was projected onto the Channel Four Television building in protest at their censorship. Injustice has gained an international reputation and has been screened at over 30 film festivals around the world. Since November 2001 the British Film Institute have been distributing the film around regional film theatres. The film is also running commercially at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. Countless community screening have be held across the UK. The film makers and families hold Q&A sessions at all screenings. The controversy around Injustice has also created a good audience for the film. Injustice was nominated for an Index On Censorship Award and won Best Documentary at the BFM International Film Festival in 2002, a National Social Justice Award in 2003 and won Best Documentary (Human Rights) at the One World Film Festival 2003.

Injustice has been screened in the European Parliament generating a debate by politicians there. The scandal that Injustice exposes, and opposes, has caused deep concern in the UK and has forced a political reaction to these human rights abuses. As a result of the film the Attorney General was forced to announce a review of the role of the Crown Prosecution Service. The families of victims of police brutality are using the film as a powerful weapon to demand justice.

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