Family of UK man who died in police custody criticises watchdog

police riot shieldsource: The Guardian
published: 11 February 2020

The family of a man who died in custody last month has criticised the police watchdog for failing to recommend the suspension of officers being investigated over the circumstances of his death.

William Cameron died at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading in Berkshire, on 8 January. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed that a police sergeant and a health care professional are subject to a criminal investigation in relation to his death.

The pair will be investigated for gross negligence manslaughter and misconduct in public office. The sergeant will also be investigated for gross misconduct.

A member of civilian staff and an arresting officer are also being investigated for gross misconduct and another arresting officer for misconduct.

The family understand from the IOPC that Cameron, 38, appeared to be unconscious on body-worn camera footage when he arrived at the police station.

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