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Campaign forces police to withdraw caution given to Downs Syndrome boy

28 November 2014


By Ruth Dayspring
The family of Victor Olisa, a 19-year-old Downs Sydrome boy who was arrested, handcuffed and held in a police cell for nine terrifying hours after trying to go to school on a Bank Holiday to collect his favourite basketball cap he'd had left in the classroom have been informed by the IPCC that the caution against him has been removed.


Inquest hearing learns of how death in custody victim's head was wrapped in a sheet

27 November 2014

KingsleyBy Staff writer
A jury at the Kingsley Burrell preliminary inquest hearing held at Newton Street Coroners court in Birmingham this week, heard how the father-of-two had his head wrapped in a sheet before his death, after being restrained by police  while detained under the Mental Health Act at the Mary Seacole House ward run by Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust  in March 2011.


Consultation on healthcare provision in detained settings of particular importance to the Diaspora

05 November 2014

children_in_prison_By Staff writer
The CQC's new consultation on healthcare in prisons, youth offending institutions & immigration removal centres is regulated is of particular importance to people from the UK's African Caribbean communities who continue to be over represented across all detained settings, with some of the worst health outcomes, particularly for those within secure psychiatric hospitals.


Mary Secole Awards winners 2014: addressing inequalities in BME communities

30 October 2014

Mary_Seacole_BHMBy Staff writer
Chief Executive of the NHS Simon Stevens was among the keynote speakers at the Mary Seacole Awards ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing headquarters, where nurses received grants to fund their innovative work with Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BME) across the UK.


Death in custody victim Jonathan Malia’s family continue fight for justice one year after inquest verdict

09 October 2014

Johnathan_Malia_642x720By Staff writer  Exclusive!
The family of Jonathan Malia, who have condemned the inquest ruling that the 24-year-old died of natural causes after he was repeatedly restrained by staff at the privately run Cygnet Mental Health Hospital in Stevenage in 2013, have released a new image of the father-of-one today, on the first anniversary of his inquest verdict as they renew their campaign for justice.



Concern as two African elders go missing in one week

27 November 2014

elder_holding_stickBy Zephaniah Samuels

There is increasing concern over reports of two south London elders from the community who have both gone missing in the same week. Police are making appeals for help in locating 75-year-old Ayodele Godwin from Lewisham and 76-year-old Mersadis Lallite, both of whom have not been seen since Tuesday.


Ricky Bishop march for justice, Saturday 22 November

17 November 2014

Ricky_Bishop_headshotBy Zephaniah Samuels
The family of Ricky Bishop, a physically healthy 25-year-old who died at Brixton Police Station on 22 November 2001, are calling on supporters to attend a march and rally in support of the arrest, trail and convictions of the officers involved in his death, meeting at Windrush Square, Brixton at 12.30 and marching to Brixton Police station, this Saturday, the 22nd November.


Leon Briggs vigil one year on from death in police custody

03 November 2014

Justice_for_Leon_Briggs_vigil_one_year_onBy Ruth Dayspring
A peaceful vigil will take place outside Luton Police Station, Buxton Road, from 6-9pm on Tuesday 4 November, marking the first anniversary of the death of Leon Briggs. This comes with his loved one's are no closer to finding out how the father-of-two lost his life after he was taken into police custody after being detained under the Mental Health Act.


Better access to safe places in health-based settings for people experiencing a mental health crisis vital says watchdog

29 October 2014

CQC_report_-_A_safer_place_to_be_-_findings_from_survey_of_health_based_places_of_safety_-_Oct_2014By Zephaniah Samuels
With data showing that people from the UK's African Caribbean are at least six time more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, even thought this group do not have higher rates of mental ill health than their white counterparts, the Care Quality Commission call for urgent action to continue to improve access to and the operation of health-based places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis is of particular importance to black Briton.


Shock at CPS decision to drop perjury charges against officers in Sean Rigg case

07 October 2014

Sean_Rigg_-_restrained_by_4_officers_-_evidence_in_InquestBy Zephaniah Samuels
The family of musician and songwriter, Sean Rigg, who died after he was violently restrained by police in 2008, while in need of mental health care have said that they are bitterly disappointed by the CPS decision not to prosecute police officers for perjury in relation to the evidence that they gave at the inquest into his death.



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