A London man has died after being restrained by police. An investigation has been launched this week after the 35 year old man, who was apparently having a mental health crisis, passed away after police interaction. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will be looking at the body cameras worn by the Metropolitan Police officers at the time to ascertain how the man passed away, but early reports have suggested the man was in an extremely agitated state when Scotland Yard were called. A call was received at around 2.20pm on Friday from a member of the public who said that a man was trying to get into the rear gardens of homes on Polsted Road in Lewisham, south-east London.
The man is understood to have been restrained at the time of his death, and an ambulance had been called once it became clear he felt unwell. He was taken to Lewisham Hospital by ambulance where he died, and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out. IOPC regional director Jonathan Green said: “Our investigators have begun reviewing body-worn video footage obtained from all officers who attended the incident and are undertaking door-to-door enquiries in the area. My thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and to all those affected at this time and we will look to issue more information when appropriate.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Tara McGovern of Lewisham Police said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this extremely difficult time. Where a person dies following contact with the police it is right and proper that police refer the incident to an independent body to review the circumstances surrounding the death, which happened immediately in relation to this incident. We are reassured to know that the deceased’s family is being supported and we are offering support to the officers involved in the police response. We are, and will continue to, provide our full support and co-operation to the IOPC investigation.”