Nine police officers under investigation over death of mentally ill man restrained in custody

Kevin Clarke
Kevin Clarke

source: The Guardian
published: 9 May 2018

Nine police officers are being investigated over the death of a man who was taken to hospital after being restrained by police.

Kevin Clarke, 35, died at Lewisham Hospital on 9 March. His family said they were in “agony” following the incident, saying he “must have been of been petrified” in his final minutes.

Metropolitan Police officers were responding to reports someone was trying to break into a property in Lewisham, South London. He was reportedly in an agitated state when they arrived and they restrained him until paramedics arrived.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said the investigation into the circumstances of Mr Clarke’s death was “making good progress” and investigators had examined footage from body worn cameras from the police officers. It said they had established there was no CCTV footage covering the premises.

After reviewing the evidence, they told nine officers they were under formal investigation.

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