Event : Seni’s Law (The Mental Health Use of Force Act)

Olaseni Lewis - Seni's Lawsource: Catalyst 4 Change
published: 8 June 2019

This event will be looking at some of the elements that led to the Mental Health Use of Force Act (Seni’s Law) being passed through parliament last year and how various agencies have responded to this significant development.

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Seni’s law” was inspired by Olaseni Lewis who died in 2010 soon after being restrained by 11 police officers in Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham.

Mr Lewis’ parents were among those who watched the Bill receive an unopposed third reading in the Commons.

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Family of Sheku Bayoh to lodge complaint and demand for inquiry

Justice 4 Sheku Bayoh @ UFFC Rally London 2018
Justice 4 Sheku Bayoh @ UFFC London 2018

source: CommonSpace
published: 3 May 2019

“We know racism played a big part in our brother’s death and has played a role in denying us justice,” said the sister of Bayoh, on the fourth anniversary of his death in police custody.

  • Sheku Bayoh died while being restrained by police using batons, CS gas, pepper spray and restraints on his legs and arms
  • Family first demanded a public inquiry in 2018 after the Lord Advocate decided not to prosecute any of the officers involved
  • Both the family of Bayoh and their lawyer Aamer Anwar have argued that racism was a factor in Bayoh’s death, and that dishonest attempts have subsequently been made by police sources to smear his reputation

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Girlfriend of unarmed man shot dead by police gains two law degrees in an attempt to clear his name

Anthony Grainger
Anthony Grainger

source: Daily Mail
published: 24 April 2019

The girlfriend of an unarmed man shot dead by police seven years ago has spent more than £50,000 to become a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name. Anthony Grainger was gunned down in a car park in Culcheth, Warrington, in 2012 while sat in a car alongside two friends.

Police believed the trio were planning to commit an armed robbery. But a jury took just 40 minutes to clear Mr Grainger of any wrongdoing when he went on trial after his death in 2012.

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