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Rashan Charles death: Police officer investigated for gross misconduct after young man died in custody

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/09/2017 Tom Powell
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A police officer is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of Rashan Charles in east London.

The father-of-one, aged 20, died in police custody after being restrained by an officer in a shop in Dalston on July 22.

CCTV footage of the incident appeared to show him swallowing an object as he ran into the shop at around 1.45am, with the officer in pursuit.

Video: Anger after the death of young black man Rashan Charles (ITN News)


The images then show him being grabbed by the officer who wrestles him to the floor, with the pair struggling for at least a minute.

The Police watchdog launched an investigation into the incident, which sparked both peaceful and violent protests in the community.

Forensic tests have revealed he tried to swallow a mixture of paracetamol and caffeine wrapped in plastic.

​IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “The IPCC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Rashan Charles in Hackney on 22 July has entered a new phase.

“IPCC investigators have formally notified the officer who initially restrained Rashan that he is being investigated for gross misconduct. The officer may have breached the police standards of professional behaviour regarding the detention and restraint of Rashan as well as how he dealt with Rashan’s medical emergency.

“Our investigators have analysed the CCTV and body worn video evidence we gathered and considered the officer’s detailed statement as well as statements from other witnesses to the incident. We have also considered the relevant policies and procedures.

“While this move indicates a new phase in our investigation it does not necessarily mean misconduct proceedings will follow.

“We will keep the position under review as the investigation progresses.”


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