originally by: BBC News
published: 2nd February 2012
A watchdog has announced a review of the way it deals with police contact deaths following a BBC investigation. BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme found that official figures understated the number of people who die after being restrained by police. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the review would look at its approach to such cases.
Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said the BBC’s findings were concerning and called for an inquiry.
IPCC chief executive Jane Furniss said: “The IPCC is intending to carry out a review of its work in cases where Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights is engaged.
These are case where a death has occurred either during or after contact with the police. The review will look at the IPCC’s powers, resources and approach to dealing with these cases.”
Ms Furniss said the review would aim to identify any changes needed and improve public confidence, and would lead to recommendations in a report.
File on 4 discovered that anyone who dies following restraint without being formally arrested is excluded from death in custody figures. The findings were revealed in a joint investigation by the programme and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.