source: Coventry Telegraph
published: 20 July 2017
The police watchdog has launched an investigation into a Coventry man who died after being held in custody. Darren Cumberbatch, 32, died in hospital on Wednesday after being arrested by police at a hostel in Nuneaton on Monday, July 10.
Friends today demanded answers over his death after he fell unwell after being detained by officers. Mr Cumberbatch was induced into a coma and later died.
Friends today used the hashtag #justice4Daz in their quest for answers amid concerns of police brutality. One pal described him as “polite, pleasant, very helpful – he had many many friends who respected him”.
Today, it was confirmed that the police watchdog, the IPCC, was investigating after force chiefs at Warwickshire Police referred the matter. The force declined to elaborate on its statement, and referred enquiries to the IPCC.
A Facebook post, originally posted by Dan Christie, has been shared numerous times.
It said: “This morning there were so many messages offering condolences to his family from his friends in Coventry where he was originally from, before moving to stay in Nuneaton temporarily. Everybody describes him positively and it is obvious he will be missed by many.