BAME deaths in police custody

 

INQUEST’s casework has shown that a disproportionate number of those who die in or following police custody  following the use of force are from black and minority ethnic communities (BAME). INQUEST is concerned that institutional racism has been a contributory factor. Whilst the number of deaths involving the use of force by the police is a small proportion of the total number of deaths in custody, these deaths have often been the most controversial. Since 1990, there have been 9 unlawful killing verdicts returned by juries at inquests into deaths involving the police and 1 unlawful killing verdict recorded by a public inquiry, none of which has yet resulted in a successful prosecution .

Below is the breakdown of deaths from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in custody or following other police contact and as the result of police shootings in England and Wales by year since 1993.

BAME deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police, England & Wales 1993-date

Year Type Metropolitan Police Other Forces Total
2016 Custody 0 2 2
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 0 2 2
         
2015 Custody 1 3 4
  Shooting 1 0 1
  Total 2 3 5
         
2014 Custody 1 4 5
  Shooting 1 0 1
  Total 2 4 6
         
2013 Custody 0 2 2
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 0 2 2
         
2012 Custody 1 0 1
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 1 0 1
         
2011 Custody 2 6 8
  Shooting 1 0 1
  Total 3 6 9
         
2010 Custody 1 0 1
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 1 0 1
         
2009 Custody 2 2 4
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 2 2 4
         
2008 Custody 5 3 8
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 5 3 8
         
2007 Custody 4 1 5
  Shooting 3 0 3
  Total 7 1 8
         
2006 Custody 4 2 6
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 4 2 6
         
2005 Custody 5 3 8
  Shooting 2 0 2
  Total 7 3 10
         
2004 Custody 2 0 2
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 2 0 2
         
2003 Custody 6 5 11
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 6 5 11
         
2002 Custody 6 2 8
  Shooting 0 1 1
  Total 6 3 9
         
2001 Custody 3 3 6
  Shooting 1 0 1
  Total 4 3 7
         
2000 Custody 1 3 4
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 1 3 4
         
1999 Custody 7 4 11
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 7 4 11
         
1998 Custody 3 5 8
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 3 5 8
         
1997 Custody 3 8 11
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 3 8 11
         
1996 Custody 8 1 9
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 8 1 9
         
1995 Custody 2 1 3
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 2 1 3
         
1994 Custody 5 3 8
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 5 3 8
         
1993 Custody 2 1 3
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 2 1 3
         
1992 Custody 2 3 5
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 2 3 5
         
1991 Custody 1 1 2
  Shooting 0 1 1
  Total 1 2 3
         
1990 Custody 0 1 1
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 0 1 1
         
Total BAME deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police, England & Wales 1990-date
  Type Metropolitan Police Other Forces Total
  Custody 77 69 146
  Shooting 9 2 11
  All custody and shooting deaths

86

71 157

Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring


Page last updated: 18 Aug 2016

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