Deaths in police custody

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7022.56 (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:56
  1. Vinod Patel
  1. Consultant physician (diabetes and endocrinology) George Eliot NHS Trust, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 7DJ

    EDITOR,—During the past 12 months 15 deaths have occurred in police custody in Britain, according to the national police authorities. Forensic investigation has comprised at least a postmortem examination in all cases, and in only one case is prosecution of the police …

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