Deaths following police contact & in custody

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Justine Damond: Australian PM calls shooting 'inexplicable'

<b>Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will seek answers from US authorities over the "inexplicable" death of a woman shot by a policeman.</b><p>Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was killed in Minneapolis after calling police to report a possible crime.<p>The incident is under investigation by US …

Policing

Police Taser training and use

Amber Rudd urged to publish report on deaths in police custody

Report from review set up by Theresa May in 2015 was due last summer but Home Office has yet to set date for release<p>The home secretary has been accused of sitting on a report from a critical inquiry into deaths in police custody.<p>A coalition of community and human rights groups want Amber Rudd to …

Amber Rudd

The Fight Flight Freeze Response

If we want to reduce deaths in police custody we need a separate 999 helpline for mental health crises

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and it’s high time we prioritise making “mental health crisis” an available option when we dial 999. We all need …

Death partly due to restraint by police

A jury at an inquest into the death of a man who died in a psychiatric hospital has ruled it was at least partly due to “prolonged and …

Seni Lewis

The Metropolitan Police and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust were subject to a damning verdict in the south London Coroner’s court …

Man shot with Taser electronic weapon by police in Cornwall dies

Investigation launched into death of man, who also sustained self-inflicted knife injuries in incident in Falmouth<p>A man has died in Cornwall after an incident in which he was shot with a Taser electronic weapon by the police after brandishing a knife.<p>The man, who has not been named, also sustained …

Policing

Police violence: a risk factor for psychosis

Police victimization of US civilians has moved from the shadows to the spotlight following the widespread adaptation of smartphone technology and …

‘Widespread’ torture by police in Pakistan condemned by United Nations

UN urges Pakistan to ‘incorporate into its legislation a specific definition of torture’ to be applied without exception<p>A UN committee has condemned the “widespread practice of torture” in Pakistan by police, the military and intelligence agencies in a report published on Friday, and called on …

Pakistan

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 …

Prison

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 …

Law Enforcement

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 …

Postpartum

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> …

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 …

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 …

Crime

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 …

Policing

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Policing

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 …

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