source: The Scotsman
published: 2 May 2016
The lawyer for the family of a man who died in police custody has drawn parallels between the case and the police’s response to the Hillsborough disaster.
Aamer Anwar said officers “closed ranks” following the death of Sheku Bayoh in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 3 May last year.
The 31-year-old father-of-two died after being restrained by officers responding to calls of a man with a knife.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), Kate Frame, is currently investigating the incident, with a report expected to be sent to the Crown Office in the coming weeks.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Anwar said: “Over the course of the last year the Bayohs have met families who also lost their loved ones at the hands of the police. They told the Bayohs that there is something deeply shameful about a system where people are unlawfully killed at the hands of our protectors, yet the perpetrators remain free.