"This is a mental health issue. I think our community is going stark raving bonkers and I think the children are expressing it."
Decima Francis in evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System.
The Commission for Racial Equality has privately warned the government that its mental health bill unlawfully discriminates against ethnic minorities, correspondence leaked to the Guardian has revealed. MPs vote at the bill's report stage in the Commons today without being warned by the commission of its concern. It told Rosie Winterton, minister responsible for mental health, she was not being frank with MPs about how new powers for compulsory treatment would be used disproportionately on black people. - Guardian today.
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