Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce was shot and paralysed from the waist down after armed police raided her home looking for her son. This incident sparked the 1985 Brixton riots .
After 30 years the Metropolitan police has grudgingly apologised to the family of Cherry Groce for the shooting.
Due to the injuries sustained at the hands of an armed policeman, doctors gave the mother of six 10 years to live. Cherry lived for 26 years and died in 2011. Official documents show that pathologists believe the shooting contributed to her death.
An inquest in to Cherry’s death will be held in June but her family has been refused funds (legal aid) to be represented at the inquest on the grounds “there are no new issues”.
The decision has forced the family to start an online petition fighting for legal aid which will allow for a fair inquest.
[Thanks EC Ford]
This is just heartbreaking. The Metropolitan police are just pure evil.
The struggle still continues and anyone who thinks any differently is a fool.
Rest In Peace Cherry Groce.