This is a local story which has at times made national headlines.
Christopher Alder died in police custody in Hull in 1998 aged 37.
A final insult the local hospital released the wrong body for burial with some wondering if it was because both were black skinned. But the other body was female.
Christopher’s sister Janet fought a long battle for justice for Christopher.
But as she campaigned police spied on her; one reason given by police is because some of the other campaigners were known activists.
An old blog of mine highights how long Janet has been fighting for justice.
And the fight for justice continues.
The police accused of spying on Janet remain protected, unnamed in court.
A sad and sorry catalogue of errors continues to torment the Alder family
This link relates to his death
“A tape capturing monkey chants made as a black man lay dead on a police station floor was missed by investigators for nearly four years, it emerged yesterday.
Christopher Alder, 37, died handcuffed and face down in a Hull police station in April 1998 surrounded by police officers, after choking on his own vomit. Sections of the tape show the officers joking and chatting as the former paratrooper died.
Last month five Humberside policemen were cleared of manslaughter and neglect of public duty over the death. Tapes from the custody suite cameras were seized in April 1998, but a section containing monkey chants and laughter was not investigated until March 2002, a fortnight before the trial began. Mr Alder's family are furious that this evidence was never put before the jury. The crown prosecution service said it never tried to have this evidence admitted because it could not be determined who was making the noises.”
Humberside Police officers cleared of unauthorised spying
March 1, 2018
"Two police officers have been cleared of the unauthorised surveillance of the sister of a man who died in police custody.
Janet Alder was followed by a team from Humberside Police during the inquest into her brother's death.
Former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, died in Hull in 1998. An inquest found he died unlawfully.
The two officers faced gross misconduct charges at a police tribunal."