The family of Edson Da Costa, the 25 year old young black man who died in a high dependency unit six days after being violently detained by police, are now having to deal with another death in the family. Manuela Araujo, mother of Edson has sadly passed away. Manuela, 42, became unwell after hearing news of the death of Edson.
Edson’s father, Ginario Da Costa, said: “She could no longer cope with the death of her son.” Manuela learnt of Edson’s death while she was in Portugal and the circumstances surrounding her son’s death and the involvement of the police came as a terrible shock. This weighed down on her heart. This latest tragedy to affect the family comes just six weeks after the death of Edson who has not yet been buried as investigations to determine the cause of his death continue.
Manuela, like the rest of the family, the community and the public, have raised many questions over the use of excessive force, the bewildering lack of suspension of the officers involved while the investigation is ongoing. There is also questions of how the police should deal with a suspect when they have allegedly swallowed any form of substance.
These questions arise amid a glaring lack of public confidence in the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Theresa May said last year that it needs a “desperate re-branding exercise,” as if it was was something that could simply be fixed with a make over provided by Edelman. These are serious issues that have not been addressed by high government officials and it’s worrying for the public.
This is an extrsmely hard time for the family who are now in mourning. They said that they will continue to carry out the work for The Justice 4 Edson Campaign. This includes standing against any other injustices towards young black men by the police.