Deaths following police contact & in custody

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The Shocking Lack of Science Behind Lethal Injections

Until a judge told them to stop last week, penal authorities in Arkansas planned to kill seven people in 11 days. All seven were convicted of …

Police Taser use in England and Wales rises to rate of 30 times a day

Officers used stun guns on 11,294 occasions and fired them 1,755 times, in period when violent crime also rose<p>Police officers used Taser stun guns at a rate of 30 times a day last year, figures show. They were used on 11,294 occasions last year, up 9% on 2015, mirroring a recent rise in gun and …

Budgeting

Antiques expert was restrained days before death, inquest told

Alice Gibson-Watt, who was suspected to have suffered postpartum psychosis, said to have been strapped down across chest and legs<p>A jewellery expert from Antiques Roadshow died days after being restrained by five paramedics and police officers following suspected postpartum psychosis, an inquest has …

NHS

Antiques Roadshow expert who died after post-pregnancy panic attack shouted 'my baby is dead' as she fought medics

The husband of an Antiques Roadshow expert who died after suffering a post-pregnancy panic attack has described how medics restrained her.<p>Alice Gibson-Watt, who died after suffering a severe panic attack, had to be held down by five police and ambulance crew, an inquest heard.<p>The Sotheby's …

Postpartum

Comprehensive Histological and Immunochemical Forensic Studies in Deaths Occurring in Custody

1. Ruiz G., Wangmo T., Mutzenberg P., Sinclair J., Elger B. S. Understanding death in custody: a case for a comprehensive definition. <i>Journal of</i> …

Genes

Death Behind Bars

Since Sheriff Chuck Allen took office on Jan. 1, 2015, the death rate at the jail has increased 600 percent. The Reno Gazette-Journal spent nearly a …

Explainer: How excited delirium kills

CLOSE<p>Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>In the past year, three men died after violent struggles with Washoe County deputies at the jail. Two of the deaths were ruled …

Deaths from police restraint present complex forensic, legal issues

Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old black woman, died during a struggle with Cleveland police in 2014. Her death was certified a homicide, but a judge …

Crime

Family of woman killed by prolific offender criticises agencies

Family of Cerys Yemm says Matthew Williams, who had history of mental health issues, should have been closely monitored<p>The family of a young woman who was killed and mutilated by a prolific offender with mental health problems and a history of drug abuse two weeks after he was released from prison …

Substance Abuse

Mark Duggan family lose appeal against inquest's lawful killing verdict

Pamela Duggan had asked court of appeal to quash jury’s decision after son was shot by a police marksman in 2011<p>The court of appeal has rejected an appeal by the mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by a police marksman sparked nationwide riots, to quash the inquest verdict that he was …

Law

Thomas Orchard case puts use of emergency response belts in focus

No national policing body endorsed use of ERB as a spit or bite hood but at least three forces have used it as such<p>The emergency response belt (ERB) is the invention of a former Massachusetts police officer called Thomas J Archambault, who came up with the idea after using a large bath towel to …

Policing

Today an inquest jury finds that delay in getting medical care and the impact of over exertion during struggle - Hickman & Rose Solicitors in Clerkenwell

On 18 April 2011, Michael Sweeney died in the Royal London Hospital under police restraint.<p>The Metropolitan Police Service was called to the Approach …

Policing

Thomas Orchard death: police cleared of manslaughter

Sergeant and two detention officers found not guilty over death of Orchard after he was restrained at Exeter police station<p>Three Devon and Cornwall police staff have been cleared by a jury at Bristol crown court of the manslaughter of a man with mental health issues who collapsed while in custody …

Policing

Mark Duggan shooting: court considers appeal against inquest verdict

Family of man shot dead by Met firearms officer say coroner misdirected jury, who decided Duggan was lawfully killed<p>The mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police in 2011 triggered riots across the country, is going to the court of appeal on Thursday in what she says is her “continuing …

Crime

Amber Rudd authorises more powerful Tasers for police

Home secretary authorises Taser X2 for police in England and Wales despite concerns over deaths and serious injuries<p>The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has authorised a more powerful Taser stun gun to be issued to police officers in England and Wales despite concerns over a number of deaths and serious …

Policing

Two-thirds of all people Tasered identified as 'mentally ill'

Two-thirds of all people Tasered by the police in England and Wales between 2010 and 2014 were identified as mentally ill. The figures were made …

Policing

Blind man Tasered as cane mistaken for gun in Levenshulme

<b>A police force has apologised after a blind man was Tasered because his cane was mistaken for a firearm.</b><p>Armed response officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called at about 18:40 GMT on Thursday after reports there was a man with a gun.<p>The 43-year-old was uninjured during the incident …

Law Enforcement

Adama Traoré's death in police custody casts long shadow over French society

Young man’s death in custody has become one of France’s most high-profile cases of alleged police brutality<p>One July afternoon last year in Beaumont-sur-Oise, a small town north of Paris, Adama Traoré was out with his older brother, Bagui, planning how to celebrate his 24th birthday that evening …

Extremism

Black and mixed race people in London more likely to be Tasered

Figures show 40% of cases where stun guns used since 2014 involved people of black or mixed white and black ethnicities<p>Black and mixed-race people in London have been on the receiving end of more than 40% of police Taser use since 2014, despite accounting for less than one in six of the capital’s …

Policing

Tasering of 12yo was 'improper and unlawful', Darwin court finds

The Darwin Children's Court finds the tasering of a 12-year-old boy who was running away from police "improper and unlawful".

Policing

Man who died after police restraint was 'gentle giant', court told

Mother pays tribute at inquest into death of Olaseni Lewis, who collapsed in psychiatric hospital after being held down by 11 officers<p>The mother of a man who died after he was restrained by 11 police officers at a mental health hospital has paid tribute to her “gentle giant” son at an inquest into …

Second Amendment

Pepper spray possible factor in man's choking death

<b>Pepper spray may have contributed to the death of a man who choked on a bag of drugs he had put in his mouth, an inquest jury has concluded.</b><p>Darran Hunt, 36, was arrested in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, on 8 February 2015.<p>He was sprayed by officers to bring him "under control" when they saw him put …

Policing

Police use of pepper spray and “strong physical contact” contributed to death of Darran Hunt

The inquest into the death of Darran Hunt was held in Milford Haven Coroner’s Court before a jury between 30 January and 3 February 2017.<p>The inquest …

Policing

Jury sworn in for inquest into man's death after police restraint

Inquest will look at why Olaseni Lewis died at psychiatric hospital in London after he was restrained by 11 officers for 40 minutes<p>A jury has been sworn in for an inquest into the death of Olaseni Lewis, six and a half years after he died following prolonged restraint by 11 police officers at a …

Policing