We speak to Ken Fero, director of the film ‘Ultraviolence’ which explores police brutality and killings in the UK. He discusses the shocking statistic that since 1969, there have been over 2000 police deaths in the U.K., why warfare abroad cannot be divorced from policing at home, the issue of race in police brutality in the UK, the UK’s justice system compared to the US’ system regarding prosecuting police who have killed people and much more!
IOPC spokesperson: “Every death in police custody or death following police contact can have a tragic and lifelong impact on the family and friends of those who have died. It can also have a lasting impact on those involved in their detention. All such deaths require a mandatory referral to the IOPC so an independent review of the circumstances can be undertaken. It is critical that we thoroughly examine the circumstances of each case to ensure that those involved are held accountable, and importantly to identify if there are lessons to be learnt to help prevent future deaths. The IOPC is independent of the police, government and interest groups and we make our decisions impartially, based on evidence. By law, our Director General can never have worked for the police. Also none of our executive team, regional directors or our Director for Wales have worked for the police.”