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 →

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Police keep jobs after Lloyd Butler passed away while in their care

February 3, 2013 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Jan Butler

Lloyd Butleroriginally by: Birmingham Mail  
published: 25 January 2013

Two police officers filmed making insulting remarks about a man who later died in custody will keep their jobs despite being found guilty of misconduct.

Lloyd Butler, from Tile Cross, died aged 39 at Stechford police station in August, 2010 after being arrested after his family called 999 due to concerns about his behaviour while drunk.

An independent hearing into officer’s conduct on that night found Sergeant Mark Albutt guilty of gross misconduct for failing in his duty of care.

Yet he will only face a written warning for “unacceptable” actions that “fell far below the force’s expectations” Pc Dean Woodcock will undergo further training after being found guilty of misconduct.

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Black Mental Health UK launches Top 30 list for 2012

January 8, 2013 in Race & Society by Larry Fedja

Award - Rosetteby: BMHUK
published: 28 Dec 2012

Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) has launched its Top 30 List of the leading lights working in this sector for 2012.

A must read for anyone working in this sector, as well as for those with an interest in civil liberties and social justice, this year’s listing showcases the top individuals and agencies that have done outstanding work in the arena of ethnicity and mental health in the past 12 months.

The work of BMH UK has ensured that concerns over the often unequal treatment and care of people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities, who come in contact with mental health services, continues to remain on the health and social care agenda.

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