Olaseni Lewis, known as Seni to his family and friends, died on the 4th of September 2010 after being restrained by up to 11 policemen whilst he was seeking help as a vulnerable voluntary patient at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Croydon.
He had been admitted early in the evening of Tuesday 31 August 2010 and had been at the hospital for only a few hours before this incident occurred.
This campaign has been established by his family to find the truth surrounding Seni’s death.
Seni Lewis was a son, a brother, an uncle, a grandson, a friend. He was so loved by his family and friends and could be counted on in times of need. Seni was a kind, loving and easy going individual who would always make time for people.
Aged just 23 he had recently graduated from university – he was fit and healthy and was engaged in a post-graduate Masters Degreee in IT and Business Management at Kingston University. Seni Lewis was a optimistic young man who spread joy to all who knew him, he enjoyed life to the full.
A short report by BBC reporter Kurt Barling was aired by the BBC. You can view the video below. You can also see the original video and article at Kurt Barlings blog (click here)
The charity organization Inquest says that about 4,500 people died in prison or police custody in the UK between 1990 and 2013.
Despite this figure, there has not been one successful homicide prosecution in this entire period – in fact not for over 30 years.
So, is this a staggering figure that indicates a dark side to policing in the UK or just a tragic reality of what sometimes happens in the justice system? Are the police innocent or is this the case that these people are innocently killed?
Check out the video below containing interviews with Ajibola Lewis and Conrad Lewis, Seni’s parents.
UK: State violence against black patients exposed in UN report
The UK’s leading black mental health pressure group has presented a scathing report to a special UN session entitled ‘State Violence Against People of African Descent in the UK’. The document raises a number of human rights concerns over the treatment often experienced by black people in the UK, especially those detained under the Mental Health Act.