Protesters chant ‘black lives matter’ as Sheku Bayoh inquiry gets under way

Protesters from across Scotland chanted “black lives matter” as the inquiry into a man who died while in police custody began today.

Campaigners gathered outside as family members, witnesses and Police Scotland officers attended the opening day of the inquiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh.

Mr Bayoh died in May 2015 after he was restrained by officers answering a call in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Kadi Johnson, his sister, thanked the protesters for “joining us this morning in solidarity as we start this public inquiry”.

Sheku’s mother Aminata Bayoh wipes her eyes ahead of the start of a public inquiry into the death of her son (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

“On behalf of my mother, and the rest of us, we are so grateful for your support. You have never left us for seven years, you have always been with us. So we are so grateful and thank you so much for your support, ”she said.

“As you all know we are here for the long haul in this inquiry and we will need your support more than ever. Thank you so much for standing with us. Justice for Sheku Bayoh. “

Mr Bayoh’s sisters: Kadi Johnson, Adama Jalloh and Kosna Bayoh, and his mother, Aminata Bayoh, walked into the Capital House in Edinburgh, where the inquiry is being held, as the crowd chanted “black lives matter” and “justice for Sheku”.

Some were holding pictures of the gas engineer, while others were holding banners urging people to stand up to racism and calling for justice. Another said: “Not one rogue cop, the system is rotten.”

Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, arrives at the Capital House in Edinburgh ahead of the start of the public inquiry (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Addressing the crowd moments before they entered the inquiry, Aamer Anwar, the family solicitor, said: “Black lives matter in Scotland, not just the United States.

“People marched last year and the year before over black lives matter, well, Sheku Bayoh died in 2015,” he said.

“Seven years seven days later, the family know they will not get justice but they want the truth and from that they hope they can build another campaign to finally get justice.

Iain Livingstone, the chief constable of Police Scotland, walked past gathered protesters to enter the center.

They said the inquiry will allow the facts to be established, and added it must now be allowed to get on with its work.

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