originally by: Voices – Matilda MacAttram
published: 19 February 2013
Jonathan Andel Malia is the latest in a long line of black men to die in custody.
While by no means an exclusively black issue, the cases of Kingsley Burrell-Brown, Sean Rigg, Olaseni Lewis, Fitz Hicks, Mikey Powell, Roger Sylvester and now Jonathan Andel have highlighted the problems faced by detained black men – particularly those held in the mental health system.
Black people are subject to detention under the Mental Health Act in far greater numbers than their white counterparts, even though there isn’t a higher prevalence of mental illness. Compulsion and coercion typify the black patient experience.
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Alison Leslie has been a volunteer with 4WardEver UK since it was set up in 2006. She assists with researching information and submitting them for inclusion on the website and other on-line resources developed by 4WardEver and its associate organisations.
4WardEver UK was launched in 2005 by Tippa Naphtali the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in the custody of West Midlands police, Birmingham, UK in September 2003.
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