Sunday, 6 November 2011

Quote of the day...

...comes from the Working Class Self Organisation blog;
I can honestly say that this is one of the most disgusting and despicable stories I have ever read.

Christopher Alder died in police custody in 1997. I am not going into the details of the case as they are very well documented elsewhere. For anyone needing a reminder, it is the case where police officers laughed and made monkey noises whilst stood over his lifeless corpse.

Years ago, I briefly knew his sister, an amazing woman who campaigned tirelessly for justice for Christopher, a disgusting cover up followed, with no one ever being held to account. In fact, I believe that the officers involved got ‘pensioned off, due to the stress and depression it had caused them.

Anyway, it has transpired today that when staff at a mortuary in Hull pulled out of refrigeration the body of a lady due for burial, they ended up finding the body of Christopher Alder. The mortuary and his family believed him to have been buried over a decade ago! The grave that Christopher family have been looking after, never contained Christopher, instead a stranger was buried there.

The state has ruined the lives of Christopher Alder and his family. They have now done it all over again ten years down the line. How did anyone not know his body was still in the mortuary? Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to re-open Christopher’s case, and finally get some justice.

Firstly there was police brutality, racism, cover-ups, supressed evidence; the whole case is one of the worst cases of brutality, racism, and state cover-ups I have ever come across. The lengths that the state went to in covering up the facts, years after are astonishing. They even stormed a community centre to prevent a video of his death being shown in public.

Janet, my thoughts are with you and your family, I hope you get the justice you deserve. I hope Christopher can finally rest in peace.
The full details of the Christopher Alder case can be found here. I can only echo the above sentiments of how disgraceful this case is and hope that the family are able to get justice.