source: The Guardian
published: 25 February 2016
Film of a mentally ill man allegedly being fatally injured by police has been released by a court where three officers are on trial for manslaughter.
Thomas Orchard, 32, who had paranoid schizophrenia, suffered a heart attack after a large belt was placed around his face; it is claimed that this restricted his breathing. He died in hospital a week later, in October 2012.
He was arrested in Exeter after reportedly trying to kick passers-by. Police took him to the city’s main police station, where cameras showed him being bundled into the custody suite.
Mr Orchard, who is handcuffed and bent double by several officers, can be seen trying to kick backwards at one officer.