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Black Experiences of Policing in the European Union

11 December 2013 | Alex Greenwood

In 2012, participants in the first Leeds Matrix seminar on black experiences of policing in the EU were shocked and moved by the stories of the police response to racist violence and violent and racist policing in other parts of the European Union.

Perhaps the most disturbing story was that of Oury Jalloh, a Gambian who burnt to death in a German police cell while chained to a mattress.

Officers initially claimed that his death was suicide. Contradictory details have slowly emerged thanks to the tireless campaign for justice led by Mouctar Bah. A recent story in the Guardian by Philip Oltermann now suggests that Oury’s death may have been murder.

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