Her full-on campaign would bring the protest against custody deaths right to the doorsteps of every prison in the country, every time another person needlessly died inside their doors.
She would stand alone, block the path of prison vans, face aggressive and dangerous private security drivers, who often aimed their trucks at her, and suffered many assaults at the hands of the police, who – despite a firm protocol on how to remove protestors involved in blocking public highways – would grab her, drag her off, throw her to the ground and then arrest her.
Several days before Pauline died I received her last email, stating “all charges dropped (again)”, referring to her latest court hearing, one of more than 20 charges in five years.
Pauleen B Campbell: 1948 to 2008.
Stills taken from video footage.
All stills and video footage (c) Jason N. Parkinson 2008.
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