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Death of Sarah Reed in police custody

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TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 12:58:17

Sara Reed died in what her family believe to be suspicious circumstances, she had already experienced police brutality, been let down by Maternity services and possibly sexually assaulted whilst a patient at a mental health hospital.

I am part of a group who organise around Yarlswood and advocate for women trying to gain asylum in the UK. I am not surprised by what has happened to Sarah, women are often brutalised by multiple agencies and her story sounds like several women's stories. I have lived in South East London most of my life and the Maudsley hospital has had a reputation .

What can we do to get Sarah story heard, her family have asked that people share the Lee Jasper blogpost. So far her death has gone unnoticed. Why are newspapers not covering her death, what can we do to make women's lives matter.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 13:01:17

Kidnapped Wed 03-Feb-16 13:09:06

The Independent has just picked this up.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 13:20:03

That's great, the article basically reworded Jasper Lees blog hmm. She was also let down by multiple agencies which they make no mention of.

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 03-Feb-16 14:05:19

The Independent article has linked to the blog at least. I've shared both links on Twitter I hope it does spread. Sorry I have no great ideas on how to get it out there I think it will involve a lot of sharing on social media to get it noticed. Maybe a mn thread in chat asking everyone to share it might get more people. It just needs to be picked up by the right person to get it heard.

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 03-Feb-16 14:06:25

I can't believe they told her family that she strangled herself.sad

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 14:52:31

Driving with her dead baby in the car I just can't get my head around it. So many women are brutalised by the services who are meant to protect them.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 14:53:27

Thank you for sharing the links.

HaveIGotAClue Wed 03-Feb-16 15:00:39

Why would the Ministry of Justice have ordered the press not to report on this?

JessicasRabbit Wed 03-Feb-16 15:45:04

HaveIGotAClue, so as not to prejudice any trial. Or to hush it up. Take your pick.

Tho I thought only judges were allowed to put gagging orders (injunctions) on the press, I didn't think MoJ were allowed to do it. They can obviously choose what to release to the press though.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 16:22:28

It's such an uphill battle for women to receive justice after police brutality. This woman had to go through years of litigation.

and this woman received justice by accident and was awarded an insultingly low
compensation figure

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 03-Feb-16 16:33:42

Shared. Lots of important issues tied up here.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 16:45:42

Thank you countess I very ill and vulnerable woman has died in prison under very suspicious circumstances but I doubt Maria Miller will care or convene a parliamentary inquiry.

uglyswan Wed 03-Feb-16 17:47:10

Not in the UK, but sharing anyway. I don't know anything about your group, but would it be possible to organise a picket of, say the Metropolitan Police headquarters, or the shop where she was arrested and distribute flyers? This is what generally we do, and it is surprisingly effective.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 18:06:26

Thank you ugly swan we are thinking of organising a die in, but picket of the shop sounds more useful. When she was arrested she was behaving erratically but there was no evidence she was stealing its thought they called the police just go get her to leave.

outputgap Wed 03-Feb-16 18:14:28

Jesus. Just the video alone is horrific.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 18:16:45

It's stomach turning and the police officer who did this only got community service.

PalmerViolet Wed 03-Feb-16 18:26:41

Thanks for sharing this, I've shared it further on Twitter.

We saw this appear on the feeds at college. Bloody horrific. That poor woman. I'd also agree with you about the Maudsley. I used to know a lot of RMNs who worked there, and I wouldn't want to meet any of them in a dark alley.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 18:32:17

Thank you violet there is a huge reluctance to speak out about Maudsley because its one of the few MH services left and instead of being reformed they would probably just close it down. So people are just putting up with it.

PalmerViolet Wed 03-Feb-16 18:42:57

I trained in one of the London teaching hospitals, and we campaigned not to have to go on placement there.

TheXxed Wed 03-Feb-16 19:12:45

It's grim I wonder if Kings College Hospital keeps a record of how often patients from the Maudsley turn up in A&E and the types of injuries they have.

Elendon Wed 03-Feb-16 20:01:32

Sorry, missed this thread. Though it is very triggering.

RIP Sarah Reed.

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 03-Feb-16 23:18:19

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 03-Feb-16 23:24:46

I just saw the story in the guardian. It says its the second most popular story and it's been shared over 1000 times.

TheXxed Thu 04-Feb-16 08:11:25

That brilliant! I hope a serious investigation into her death happens how did she strangle herself lying down on her bed.

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