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Grant legal aid for the inquest into the death of Cherry Groce - petition
27 March 2014
INQUEST is working with the family of Cherry Groce, who died in 2011 after being shot by police and paralysed in Brixton in 1985. Her family is being denied legal aid for representation at the inquest into her death, scheduled for June this year. All other interested parties are being represented by lawyers funded by the state. INQUEST is increasingly concerned about the growing restrictions on legal aid funding for families.
Legal aid is vital to uncovering the truth about deaths in custody and scrutinising conduct of police officers and other state agents.
A petition is online here - please sign it and add your support.
INQUEST took part in a press conference with Cherry Groce's family on Thursday 27 March organised by their MP Chuka Umunna. INQUEST's co-director Deborah Coles spoke alongside Lee Lawrence, Cherry Groce's son, her granddaughter Charlene Laville, Chuka Umunna MP, Lord Boateng and solicitor Raju Bhatt.
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody