The Met police and mental health

February 3, 2013 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by Larry Fedja

police & mental healthoriginally by: IRR News  
published: 24 January 2013

The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing is currently carrying out a consultation in the form of an online survey.

The Commission was established in September 2012 by the Metropolitan police in response to the inquest verdict into the death of Sean Rigg in police custody.

Sean Rigg died on the floor of Brixton police station in July 2005 after being arrested and detained after suffering from mental health problems. On 1 August 2012, the inquest jury, which had heard evidence over seven weeks, recorded a highly critical narrative verdict. Read the rest of this entry →

Shock police racism allegations by Stephen Lawrence’s brother referred to IPCC

January 17, 2013 in Police & Prison Affairs, Race & Society by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Stuart Lawrenceoriginally by: Mail Online  
published: 9 January 2013

Scotland Yard yesterday referred shock police racism allegations by Stephen Lawrence’s brother to the force watchdog.

Describing the claims by teacher Stuart Lawrence, 35, as a ‘very serious matter’, the Metropolitan Police passed his complaint on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In a strongly worded statement, the Met said it would not tolerate ‘any form of racism’ and promised strong action if any of its officers were found to have acted in a ‘racist manner’.

Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz said he was ‘astonished’ to learn of Mr Lawrence’s apparent treatment by police.

Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe ordered an investigation hours after Mr Lawrence claimed in yesterday’s Mail that he had been stopped by police up to 25 times simply because of the colour of his skin.

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Deaths in police custody have ‘got to stop’

January 8, 2013 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by Larry Fedja

Police Cell Victimoriginally by: BBC News  
published: 31 December 2012

In September 2003 Mikey Powell, a 38-year-old father of three children, was arrested by the police following a disturbance outside his home west of Birmingham.

Following his death in police custody, an inquest jury found that he had died as a result of the way officers had restrained him while in their care.

“It’s really disturbing that these sorts of things can be allowed to happen… Unless you’re involved personally you don’t realise what’s happening,” grieving parent Mrs Lewis told the Today programme’s Andrew Hosken. “It’s got to stop.”

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