The circle of relatives of a 12-year-old lady who drowned in a river have claimed institutional racism throughout the police averted a right kind investigation.
Schoolgirl Shukri Abdi, who got here to the United Kingdom from Somalia remaining yr, used to be discovered useless within the River Irwell, in Bury, Greater Manchester, on June 27.
Police stated there have been no suspicious instances surrounding her death, however her mom Zam Zam Ture claimed she were badly bullied at Broad Oak Sports College ‘many times’.
Officers attempted to persuade Ms Ture that Shukri were swimming earlier than she died – however she stated it used to be ‘unlikely’ as her daughter may now not swim.
She added that it might were ‘out of character’ for the schoolgirl to enter the water and identified that she used to be dressed in complete Islamic get dressed..
Ms Ture additionally instructed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that once she reported her daughter lacking at the day of her death, the police first of all did not act.
They then notified her that Shukri were discovered useless 10 hours later, with the mum describing their way as ‘not sympathetic’.
Within hours, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had revealed a press liberate announcing there have been no suspicious instances surrounding the case, the circle of relatives’s legal professional Attiq Malik stated.
He claims this used to be because of institutional racism, which brought about the officials to not take a look at different chances with out ‘even realising it’.
Mr Malik stated: ‘The family’s company place is they have got handiest been handled in that approach because of their race, and had it been a unique racial background extra sensitivity would were given, extra investigation would were accomplished.’.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the circle of relatives’s claims.
A spokesperson stated: ‘We treat complaints of this nature with the utmost seriousness, and I know GMP share the view that the IOPC has a responsibility to examine the actions of the force after Shukri was reported missing – not least for public confidence.’
The circle of relatives additionally say claims Shukri used to be being bullied in school weren’t totally tested.
Det Insp Andrew Naismith, from GMP, up to now instructed an inquest that there used to be not anything to indicate any bullying or coercion came about.
According to Mr Malik, Broad Oak Sports College then produced a record, with out talking to Ms Ture, that ‘essentially just said that they were not aware of any bullying’..
In a remark, head instructor Paul Greenhalgh stated the varsity used to be ‘deeply saddened’ via Shukri’s death and would be ‘reviewing all policies and procedures’.
He stated: ‘In particular, we will focus on the school’s anti-bullying coverage and procedures and different insurance policies with regards to the welfare of youngsters.’