source: Buzz Feed
published: 5 November 2017
James Herbert died after being restrained by officers and left naked in a cell. As a bill calls for changes when force is used with people with mental illness, his father said: “We’re not going to get accountability, so let’s focus on making the world better for people who are vulnerable.”
In 2010 police officers missed six opportunities to prevent the death of a young man with mental health problems after he had taken a so-called legal high.
His name was James Herbert – a 25-year-old data recovery engineer from Somerset. His father, Tony Herbert, told BuzzFeed News that his son didn’t have the appearance of a hippy, but was very much a hippy at heart: gentle and open-minded. He loved his dogs, and one of the few things he strongly opposed was animal experimentation.
He also loved astrology and was deeply interested in space. At the age of 6, his parents took him to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida while on holiday. For the next six years, up until the age of 12, James would write to the centre. In return, it would send him photos of planets.