Sheku Bayoh, an ordinary family man, was left dead by police who are meant to be “protecting us” said supporters. On 3 May the 31 year old gas engineer had been restrained, handcuffed and batons were used on him after police were called following reports of a man with a knife and behaving unusually. Witnesses also claimed that officers were kneeling on Sheku despite having handcuffed him to the ground.
“We are concerned about the circumstances surrounding Skeku Bayoh’s death. The family, friends and the public deserve answers as to how Sheku was killed and why there is a lack of oversight of the local police in Kirkcaldy. In the interim, the police have been in touch with the family at different times and have given four different versions of how he died.
“However, what appear to be emerging is that there were 15 police officers at the scene when Sheku was pepper sprayed, battered with batons and restrained dangerously for allegedly carrying and brandishing a machete which was not found.”