In the 10 year period between 1997 and 2007 there have been over 530 deaths in police custody in England & Wales, as a result of police shootings or following contact with the police, and more than 320 deaths in police vehicle incidents.
INQUEST has identified patterns of deaths occurring in police custody such as:
• deaths which raise issues about standards of care such as deaths due to self injury, alleged drunkenness or drug intoxication, or poor medical care;
• excessive use of force by police officers;
• disproportionate numbers of deaths following the use of force against people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) communities;
• fatal shootings by police.
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Deaths in police custody statistics.