‘Have you ever been to Parliament’ he asked. ‘Seni’s law will be discussed one more time!’
21 year old Seni, was taken to the hospital by his parents following a sudden nervous breakdown. After they left, he became agitated, with the force of 11 policemen on top of him he first had a heart attack and then died a few days later.
In England there have been more than 5600 deaths due to extreme force by the police since 1990; most of them was suffering from mental health problems, most of them were black, most of them were women.
Seni was from our neighbourhood. The Labour MP from our district brings the bill to the House of Commons in order to prevent the disproportionate use of force against patients with mental health problems in the name of Seni for the third time. Previous attempts have been sabotaged by two Conservative MPs who are famous for doing that.
London is hot. People have started to go on holiday. Perhaps because of this, there is no queue at the ‘public entrance’. We watch the debate of the bill in the glass-separated public gallery after passing the security checks. Seni’s family is also here. Speeches for different agendas as well as supportive contributions are being delivered. Steve Reed, who finally brought the bill is concise and to the point and the majority of MPs present call ‘aye’.
On the way out we see 11 primary school students in the lobby. Their teacher says, ‘You see, our MP has just had a bill pass through Parliament’. It’s a wonderful coincidence that children’s school is from the same district as Seni. They will remember this day. We will all remember this day.