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Third march for justice in August

MARCH: The August event will demand an end to deaths in custody

A THIRD march for justice - demanding an end to deaths in custody - will be held next month.

The march, scheduled for August 13, is also being held in memory of 21-year-old Demetre Fraser, who controversially died following police contact on May 31 while living in Moor House in Birmingham.

His heartbroken mum, Jossette Fraser, made a renewed plea last week for the public to come out in their thousands to support the march, which will start at 12 noon at 109 Gibbons Road in Nunhead, south London, where Demetre lived.

“I’d appreciate everybody turning out and supporting the march to let the authorities know we are not sitting back and taking this lightly,” Fraser told The Voice. “This march is not just for Demetre but for all those lost.” She said she also wanted to prevent more deaths in custody.

Fraser and the IPCC are appealing for witnesses to Demetre’s death to come forward.

Demetre’s case was initially referred to the IPPC on June 1. They referred the case back to West Midlands Police. Following fierce criticism from community campaigners, the IPPC has reversed the decision and will conduct the investigation independently.

Campaigner Lee Jasper has demanded the IPPC “redouble their efforts to encourage witnesses to come forward.”
News of the march coincides with new IPCC statistics showing a rise in the number of deaths following police contract over 2010/2011.

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