BBC Radio London show looks at black deaths in custody

BBC Radio London show looks at black deaths in custody

A public meeting on black deaths in custody, organised the wake of a spate of incidents where black men have lost their lives at the hands of the police, will be the one of the issue discussed on BBC Radio London this Sunday 9th October, from 8.00 – 10.00pm.

Hosted by presenter Dotun Adebyo this show can be heard live by tuning into BBC Radio London on 94.9FM or on digital radio and online.

Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) will be one of the guest speakers on the show, looking at the importance of making sure that this issue becomes a matter of priority for the present Government.

The public meeting, which has been organised by BMH UK in association with the London School of Economics Students Union (LSE SU), will take place on Wednesday 26th October from 6.30-9.00pm. This event is free to attend but delegates are required to register online by emailing events@blackmentalhealth.org.uk.

Government figures show that a disproportionate number of deaths following contact with the police are of black people.[1] Almost half the deaths of people in police custody are mental health service users,[2] and deaths of those detained under the Mental Health Act account for 62% of all deaths in state custody. [3]

‘Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said: ‘we welcome BBC Radio London placing a focus on this issue as it is not something that is widely talked about.

The cases of Smiley Culture, Kingsley Burrell-Brown, Demetre Fraser, Mark Duggan and Jacob Michael all make it quite clear that this issue will not go away unless it is properly dealt with.
This public meeting aims to put this issue back on the political agenda so other people do not lose their lives in circumstances which could easily be avoided.’

Tune into BBC Radio London’s 94.9FM this Sunday 9th October from 8.00 – 10.00pm to hear more about one of the most major issues affecting black Briton’s today.

This public meeting on black deaths in custody is from 6.30 – 9.00pm on Wednesday 26th October 2011 at The Quad, East Building, London School of Economics Students Union, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. To register email: events@blackmentalhealth.org.uk

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