Rashan Charles swallowed 'paracetamol and caffeine' before dying in police chase

Claudine Rigal
Août 3, 2017

The revelation, made in an e-mail from a senior officer seen by the Gazette, comes hours after the Independent Police Complaints Commission made a statement saying the object removed from his throat at the scene had not contained any illegal substances.

Yesterday the IPCC added in a statement on the investigation into his death that investigators continue to collect and analyse evidence including that gathered from police body cams and CCTV.

The police watchdog's announcement came after shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the initial forensic findings would cause "deep concern" after figures showed a "disproportionate" use of force against minority groups by police. He was then taken to hospital, where he died a short time later.

The officer restrained Mr Charles, with the help of a member of the public, and he was handcuffed. In a statement released at the time, the Metropolitan police said he was followed on foot into a nearby shop after officers tried to stop a vehicle on Kingsland Road, Hackney.

Those in the crowd at the vigil could be heard chanting "no justice, no peace" as they called for the police officer who arrested Mr Charles to be suspended.

"As well as establishing the sequence of events of what happened, we will be looking at what police guidelines say should happen in these circumstances, if the officers involved followed them and whether there is any learning that could prevent deaths of this nature in future".

"Urgent work must be done to rebuild trust and links between the police and the community".

The data showed 45% of the individuals subject to force were white, 36% black and 10% from the Asian community.

"But what the family knows is that taking it to the streets doesn't give you justice", he said. Justification for his death looks increasingly at the hands of those people that forcibly restrained him.

Furious campaigners set fire to bins and blocked roads outside a London police station last week as they protested against the handling of Mr Charles.

Mr Charles's family made a fresh plea for "peace on the streets" at the weekend following the violent clashes.

'I thank everyone for their support, it's a comfort to us to read your messages. "We must respect their wishes and any protests must be peaceful". This is not something we are going to take into our own hands'.

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