source: BuzzFeed News & Others
originally published: 29 October 2016
Introduction by 4WardEverUK – “Although the articles featured on this page are a few years old, we felt it important to give this debate further exposure once more, and ask; “How can a condition not recognised by medical institutions in many countries continue to be used to explain away controversial deaths”
Thirteen sudden deaths in police custody in the UK have been blamed on excited delirium. But medical experts disagree about the way the term should be used, and grieving families believe it confuses attempts to allocate the blame for the deaths.
CCTV footage shows 25-year-old Jacob Michael being restrained by police officers before he died. An inquest into his death concluded that he died from a controversial medical condition called excited delirium.
During the summer of 2011, 25-year-old Jacob Michael died after being restrained by 11 police officers outside his home. Just 45 minutes prior to his death he had dialled 999 saying he feared for his life.
Witnesses saw Michael being repeatedly hit with police batons, moments after two officers from Cheshire constabulary released pepper spray into his face, the BBC reported. CCTV footage showed officers holding Michael down on the floor. There was evidence that he had broken ribs and a torn liver.
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