Public meeting to discuss Black deaths in police custody
originally by: OBV
published: 5th October 2011
The number of Black deaths at the hands of the police is a growing concern for the public especially in the wake of the shooting of Mark Duggan by police marksmen which triggered wide-scale riots across the country. Along with Duggan, the deaths of reggae artist Smiley Culture, Kingsley Burrell-Brown and Demetre Fraser is at the forefront of the community’s consciousness as is the issue of deaths in custody.
A number of concerned individuals and activists have therefore organised a public meeting on the issue of Black deaths in custody which will be held at the London School of Economics Students Union (LSESU) on Wednesday 26 October.
Organised by Black Mental Health UK in association with the LSE SU, the meeting, which is free to attend, but requires delegates to register online, marks the first steps to establish what action the community can take to ensure that this issue becomes a matter of priority for the present Government.
Government figures show that a disproportionate number of deaths following contact with the police are of Black people. Almost half the deaths of people in police custody are mental health service users and deaths of those detained under the Mental Health Act account for 62% of all deaths in state custody.
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