Saturday, 7 October 2017

Does Andrew Rosindell MP Care About Police Custody Deaths ?

Thomas Orchard died in police custody 
Romford's Royalist MP Andrew Rosindell and his supporters often seem to automatically praise our uniformed services without any room for healthy democratic scrutiny.

They seldom, if ever, offer any criticism at all in the light of clear evidence of serious misconduct and even stay silent when their own party in government express concern.


One such issue of government and public concern is the number of deaths in police custody. An IPCC report (see below) highlights the disturbing fact that around HALF of police custody deaths are linked to mental health issues.

Despite widespread coverage of deaths in police custody we cannot find any reference in Hansard of Andrew Rosindell MP ever raising mental health issues except for a specific question about depression amongst uniformed service personnel.

 Searching under "mental health" and "Rosindell" on Hansard returned only 1 item - According to the Hansard on-line database Andrew Rosindell MP never asked a single question about the many civilian deaths in police custody since he was elected in 2001 - is that what you would expect of an MP ?

When British citizens are dying in police cells without adequate explanation it is reasonable to expect any MP to have made their position on the issue clear.  If British citizens had died in foreign police cells I feel sure that Mr Rosindell would comment on it given his apparent desire to build a career in foreign and commonwealth affairs.     

HANSARD - Rosindell appears to restrict his interest in mental health issues to service personnel


Thomas Orchard Case - Custody Death Cops Walk Free

Devastated Orchard family speak on video

James Herbert Case - police "built a story" to "explain" custody death

Channel 4 on police custody deaths 

IPCC Report - Half of all police custody deaths are linked to mental health issues

Guardian reports on deaths in police custody

Independent report on custody deaths delayed

BBC - Deaths in police custody "could have been avoided"

25 patients die in Essex Mental Health Unit

New Statesman - Police should admit "mistakes"

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