source: The Guardian
published: 18 April 2016
An inquest jury examining the death of a 17-year-old who jumped into a river while experiencing drug-induced psychosis and being chased by police has been shown video footage of his last moments.
The images, shot from a police helicopter overhead, show Jack Susianta in close-up, treading water in the river Lea in east London. He lifts his arms above his head and sinks, only to resurface.
Soon afterwards he lifts his arms and sinks again for a final time. A wider camera angle from the helicopter appears to show that during this process the only person in the water trying to help him is someone in a rowing scull.
In police radio traffic recorded on the video, an officer or officers by the river can be heard asking three times whether they can go into the water to try to help Jack after he submerges.