When A Person Dies While In The Custody Of Or At The Hands Of The State & Its Agents

ACCOUNTABILITYFor the benefit of the public, whenever a person dies either while in the custody of the State and its agencies, or dies during actions carried out by agents of the State (example: police-involved shootings), The law requires that a Coroner’s Inquest be held to determine how the death occurred and whether all connected actions by the State and/or its agents were legal. We have numerous honest, brave, properly trained and law-abiding police officers and we should always give them our full support. We, though, also have some crooked and procedurally sloppy officers. What must always happen in a democracy, is that we ensure that no life is unlawfully taken by the State or its agents, and that if a life is unlawfully taken, those responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Continue reading