CONTENT WARNING: graphic description of racist state violence, police violence, assault, murder.
Joy Gardner was a mature student. She had come to the UK to visit her mother and had overstayed her six month visa. On 28th July 1993, an immigration officer and five police officers turned up on her doorstep. They sat on her body, bound her hands to her sides, and wound 13 feet of surgical tape around he hear, as her young son listened from the next room. She collapsed due to asphysxia and died 4 days later.
The police officers were charged with manslaughter, but acquitted after arguing that what they did was standard practice.
Joy’s mother, Myrna Simpson, and her son, Graeme Burke, have never stopped fighting for justice.
The annual United Friends and Families Campaign march is on 28th October 2017 – 12pm, Trafalgar Square.
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/148179809121346/