Death of Cardiff man after night in police custody ‘deeply concerning’

Mohamud Mohammed Hassan
Mohamud Mohammed Hassan | Image credit Lee Jasper http://www.leejasper.blogspot.com

source: The Guardian
published: 11 December 2020

The Welsh first minister has described the sudden and unexplained death of a 24-year-old man from Cardiff hours after his release from custody as “deeply concerning”.

South Wales police referred the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan after he was arrested following a disturbance in the city to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which has launched an investigation. Police said they were called by the Welsh ambulance service to a “multi-occupancy” property in Roath, shortly after 10.30pm on 9 January.

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Landmark reform of mental health law is on the cards

Woman in prison cellsource: Gov.UK
published: 13 January 2021

The UK Government says that major reform of the Mental Health Act will empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment.

People with mental health issues who are detained under the Mental Health Act will benefit from landmark reforms which provide more control over their care and treatment, the government has announced today.

Take part in the Public Consultation (click here)

The government want your views on changes to the Mental Health Act to help put patients at the center of decisions about their own care. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 April 2021.

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New evidence, fresh questions about death of young Black Londoner Rashan Charles

Rashan Charles
Rashan Charles – Image Credit Rashan Campaign

source: Open Democracy
published: 26 November 2020

Police claimed the man who helped an officer restrain and handcuff Rashan Charles was “a member of the public” with no police connection. CCTV evidence raises doubts. Shine A Light exclusive (distressing content).

Rashan Charles was a healthy young man out with friends in East London when a uniformed police officer from the elite Territorial Support Group chased him into a convenience store. Without any verbal warning, the officer grabbed Rashan from behind, threw him to the floor and heavily restrained him.

A second man assisted the officer. Rashan, who was unarmed and presented no threat, died on the floor of the Yours Locally shop on Hackney’s Kingsland Road in the early hours of 22 July 2017. He was 20 years old, the eldest of seven children and a father himself, his daughter coming up to her second birthday at the time.

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