A group of campaigners protested against Greater Manchester Police yesterday and demanded justice following the death of an unarmed man shot by an officer in Cheshire in March.
Members of Justice4Grainger and the socialist youth movement Revolution as well as other local activists gathered at Piccadilly Gardens to protest against police violence and deaths in police custody.
Anthony Paul Grainger, 36, from Salford, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest after being shot by a Greater Manchester police officer while he sat in a car in the village of Culcheth at around 7.20pm on March 3.
His cousin Wesley Ahmed, who was one of the organisers of the protest, said: “We want to wake up people to the atrocities the police and the state do. Whatever they do they are unaccountable for their actions.
“We will campaign as long as it takes until we get justice. We have been campaigning since Anthony was shot. We have been out in Greater Manchester raising awareness to the general public so that they know what is going on.”
The incident happened after Mr Grainger was pulled over by officers from Greater Manchester Police in an operation following an alleged robbery at a nearby store.
Mr Ahmed said: “We have merged with quite a lot of families where family members have died in custody or in prisons, in mental health institutions, in hospital or police custody.”
Mr Ahmed alleges that there have been thousands of deaths in custody.
“It is like genocide and nobody is aware of it,” he said.
Clifford Cawthon, a local activist supporting the protests, said: “We will campaign as long as needed to get some sufficient recompose to Anthony Grainger’s death.”
In an earlier statement following the incident, Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “The death of Anthony Grainger is being independently investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and as a result Greater Manchester Police is unable to comment about specific aspects of the incident.
“We understand Mr Grainger's family want answers as to exactly what happened that night and they are absolutely entitled to those answers. That is why the IPCC is carrying out an independent inquiry.
“However, I refute in the strongest possible terms any suggestion we have withheld any evidence or information from the IPCC.
“The Force is fully complying with the IPCC and has, and will continue, to supply all evidence and information to allow investigators to carry out their inquiries. We will continue to do this as Greater Manchester Police is an open and accountable organisation.”
Protests against police violence organised by the socialist organisation Revolution were also planned in Birmingham, Central London, Brixton, Tottenham, Sheffield, Slough, High Wycombe, Leeds, and several other locations.