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.