Rashan Charles: Police officer ‘probably’ should have called ambulance sooner

Rashan Charles
Rashan Charles – Image Credit Rashan Campaign

source: Hackney Gazette
published: 5 June 2018

The police officer who chased and wrestled Rashan Charles to the ground before he died said he “knew something wasn’t quite right” and that he probably should have called an ambulance sooner.

The 20-year-old father of one died in the early hours of July 22, shortly after being restrained at the Yours Locally shop in Kingsland Road.

He had swallowed a package of what police suspected was drugs, but was later confirmed to be caffeine and paracetamol wrapped in cellophane.

On the opening day of Rashan’s inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court, jurors were shown chilling body-worn camera footage from the officer who wrestled him to the ground, which ended with Rashan lying motionless on the floor.

In it, the officer – identified only as BX47 – can be heard repeatedly telling Rashan: “Spit it out.”

BX47, a Pc who was an acting Sgt on a night shift, told the inquest he and colleagues were driving to Hoxton when they saw a car of young men and “decided to check on the vehicle”.

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