source: BBC News
published: 9 May 2017
“Excessive force” was used by 11 police officers to restrain a man in custody four days before he died.Olaseni Lewis, 23, had voluntarily admitted himself into Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, for mental health treatment on 31 August 2010.
But, medical staff called police when he became agitated. He died from his brain being starved of oxygen.
Delivering a narrative verdict, an inquest jury found multiple failings by officers contributed to his death.
The jury said the use of restraint for two prolonged periods – 10 and 20 minutes – was “unnecessary and unreasonable”.
It ruled: “The excessive force, pain compliance techniques and multiple mechanical restraints were disproportionate and unreasonable. On the balance of probability, this contributed to the cause of death.”
Officers failed to follow training or take into account Mr Lewis’s medical condition and they also failed in their training to “put an unresponsive person into the recovery position or administer basic life support”.