Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
Last updated 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
Police custody deaths hit highest level in decade
July 26, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

LONDON: Deaths in or following policy custody have hit a 10-year high, with the figure soaring by more than 64 per cent in the past year, new data shows.

Figures published by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shows there were 23 police custody deaths in 2017/18, compared with just 14 the year before, marking a sharp spike amid a trend of falling numbers over the last decade.

Of the 23 fatalities, 17 had been restrained or had force used against them by the police or others before their deaths. More than half (12) had mental health concerns and over 75 per cent (18) had links to drugs and/or alcohol.

Of the 17 who were restrained, nine were white and eight were black, which will fuel existing concerns that racial stereotyping is playing a role in deaths that occur in custody across England and Wales.

Among the high-profile deaths were 20-year-old Rashan Charles, who died after being chased and apprehended by police in Hackney, London, last summer.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Charles, who was father to a young daughter, died during the struggle due to a blocked upper airway caused by a small package containing a mixture of caffeine and paracetamol.

A second fatality was Kevin Clarke, 35, who died after coming into contact with police during a mental health crisis on a residential street in Lewisham in March.

The IOPC said the rise in deaths was “concerning” and that many presented a complex and challenging set of factors, namely a prevalence of links to drugs and alcohol and mental health concerns.

The Independent

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Post a comment
Related Stories
Police mistakenly tasered race relations adviser
LONDON: A police officer who tasered her force’s race relations advisor in the face after mistaking him for a wanted man used “unreasonable” force, a misconduct hearing h..
Police to probe Sandhurst ‘waterboarding’
LONDON: Military police have launched an investigation into claims two officer cadets “waterboarded” a fellow recruit at Sandhurst academy. The pair are alleged to hav..
Police ‘see people starting new fires on Moor’
LONDON: Arsonists have reportedly been spotted by authorities trying to start new blazes in Lancashire close to an area of moorland where a large wildfire continues to bu..
Police’s facial recognition technology ‘98% inaccurate’
LONDON: Facial recognition software used by the UK’s biggest police force has returned false positives in more than 98 per cent of alerts generated, The Independent can r..
‘Suspicious substance’ declared safe
LONDON: The constituency office of immigration minister Caroline Nokes was sealed off on Tuesday after police discovered a suspicious substance nearby. After forensics..
Advertise | Copyright