source: Justice for Seni
published: October 2017
Too many mental health patients die after being held down using extreme force. There have been over 5,600 deaths in custody since 1990, with the majority of victims suffering mental ill health.
Statistics show that black people and women are more likely to be subject to this kind of restraint.
It’s time to ban the disproportionate use of force against people with mental ill health and speed up justice when things go wrong.
Seni’s Law will open up the system to greater transparency and accountability to stop the disproportionate use of force. It’s named after Seni Lewis from South London, who died aged 23 after he was held face-down in a seclusion unit by up to 11 police officers until he stopped breathing.
MPs will vote on Seni’s Law on 3rd November – and the campaign needs your help to get it through Parliament