Category Archives: Unarmed Killings

How and why did Sheku Bayoh die?

Sheku Bayoh, a 31-year-old local man, originally from Sierra Leone and a father of two, died in police custody in Kirkcaldy on 3 May.

The circumstances of his death –  he was clamped in leg shackles and handcuffs when taken unconscious to hospital, until medics insisted these restraints be removed – have caused outrage, as has the way that he and his family have been treated by the local police, the Scottish Police Federation and a seemingly indifferent Scottish government.

Hundreds gathered outside Kirkcaldy police station on the day of his funeral for two minutes’ silence. Many want to know the truth. What is not disputed is that Bayoh was left unconscious after a pavement encounter with at first four, and then a further five, police officers, who used batons, CS gas and pepper spray, responding to reports that he had a knife.

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Prince pens protest song in memory of Freddie Gray

The protest song was recorded April 30th at Paisley Park Studios with Prince playing all the instruments. The surprisingly upbeat music on “Baltimore” is paired with contemplative lyrics that find Prince singing, “Nobody got in nobody’s way / So I guess you could say it was a good day / At least a little better than the day in Baltimore.” The Purple Rain star is even more pointed in his second verse as he sings, “Does anybody hear us pray? / For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray / Peace is more than the absence of war.”

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Freddie Gray and the need for urgent police reform

Congressman Elijah Cummings asked the key question at Freddie Gray’s funeral: “Did anyone recognize Freddie when he was alive?” He is right. What are we doing for the countless nameless and faceless young black men, women and children, who interact with the criminal justice system and law enforcement officers every day? ….

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Black Experiences of Policing in the USA

Although this site is focused on race and policing in the European Union, events in North America are very pertinent to the topic and will be disseminated on this web site. This post contains links to articles and information arising from the recent killings.

Advice African-American parents give to their sons:


Details of unarmed people of colour killed by the police:

Details of police shootings, using FBI data: