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  1. Jack McCoy

    Funny stories

    Most people on here would no doubt categorise me as a miserable old sod based on my posting history, but to prove I'm not completely joyless, I thought I'd share a fun little story and I invite others to join in. About a year ago, I was booking someone into custody and the systems were really slow. The custody Sgt was patiently typing and waiting for stuff to load and he started humming the theme-song to The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse cartoon. This must have been a regular occurrence as a Custody Officer started going "zoom-zoom" along with him. Well, being the serene vocal beast that I am, without skipping a beat, I launched into full vocals with the lyrics. All 3 of us successfully completed the minute long song (as best we could without prior practise) whilst my prisoner and all the rest of the custody staff looked on in disbelief. After processing the my prisoner, the Sgt said "had your lad joined in, I'd have refused to take him!". 😅
  2. Bar the potential classist problem with the likes of Liberty jumping up and down - Given the inherent problem we have in the UK of people failing to surrender to lawful custody of the court why do we not take a more American approach and start utilising surety and securities more often in the UK? People charged with imprisonable offences having some kind of personal monetary backing other than just their word that they'll attend court and surrender to custody? The weird thing is this kind of bail condition has been sat on the books for 40 years now but is rarely used, it seems crazy - we should have some kind of system in place that can easily facilitate this, it'd also serve to put more money into the system when people do fail to show up to court. I thought this would make something of a decent discussion.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/09/family-of-man-who-died-after-release-from-custody-demand-police-cctv The family of a man who died suddenly after being released from police custody are calling on the attorney general and home secretary to intervene and demand that the police watchdog release bodycam and CCTV footage showing the final hours of his life. What's the proper procedure in cases like this? Do the family and their lawyers have the right to this footage?
  4. Jail for brutal attacker who left officer black and blue after trying to diffuse domestic incident. Clover Johnson: Jailed for eight years Date - 8th March 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 1 Comment A female officer who sustained 11 fractures in a terrifying attempted arrest drama has been hailed a “lifesaver” for rescuing a woman from her violent partner. Heroic PC Julie Thomas began her nightmare ordeal by trying to diffuse a domestic situation when she spotted Clover Johnson hammering on a bus window in a bid to reach his battered girlfriend taking refuge on board the vehicle. Minutes earlier Johnson had punched the woman in the face as he tried bullying her into dropping her police statement following a previous domestic assault that left her with a broken nose. The West Midlands officer pulled the 52-year-old away from the bus, parked at the Walsall depot, and gave chase as he made a dash for his car. But as she clung to the driver’s door he accelerated away and crushed her against a traffic light post. The 50-year-old PC – part of the force’s Safer Travel team, policing the region’s public transport network – suffered a head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung – 11 fractures across her bruised and battered body. She spent 10 days in hospital recovering from her injuries. It was five months before she returned to work, although she is still not back on frontline duties. Her attacker sped away from the scene and dumped his car where it was later recovered by officers. An appeal led to Clover being found hiding in a cupboard where he was arrested. Clover, who was originally charged with grievous bodily harm, assault, actual bodily harm and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was jailed for eight years at Wolverhampton Crown Court this week. Safer Travel Inspector Rachel Crump praised PC Thomas’s actions in helping put a vicious domestic abuse offender behind bars. She added: “Clover has a history of serious domestic abuse; he’d already seriously injured a woman and my fear is that the level of violence he was using could have escalated and potentially put the woman’s life at risk. “Julie was on duty at the bus station on an operation to protect passengers – but very quickly she found herself called to confront a dangerous man who was clearly intent on harming his partner. “What she did was extremely courageous and in my view may well, in the long run, have saved the life of the woman who’d been suffering at his hands. “Julie is still going through intensive rehabilitation and physio for her injuries but she was determined to get back to work in some capacity. She returned at the start of February and she’s hopeful of getting back on frontline duties soon.” The charge of assault causing actual bodily harm was left to lie on the court file. View On Police Oracle
  5. Russell Webster does a deep dive into new data which reveals that most perpetrators of sexual offences are never brought to justice. Date - 22nd December 2018 By - Russell Webster 2 Comments Last week the Office for National Statistics published a new report which went mainly unnoticed by journalists focusing on Mrs May’s latest trials and tribulations. “Sexual offending: victimisation and the path through the criminal justice system” provides an overview of sexual offending in England and Wales, bringing together a wide range of official statistics to give a picture of the prevalence of sexual offences, their reporting and recording and what happens to those who are charged with sexual offences. By assembling all the relevant information together in one publication, the ONS has provided a valuable service for anyone seeking to get an understanding of sexual offending. The report’s overall conclusion is a powerful and dispiriting one − the majority of cases of sexual offending do not come to the attention of the police, and many of those that do, do not result in a conviction for the perpetrator. In fact, many offences don’t proceed further than the police investigation due to evidential difficulties. Here are the report’s main findings: The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that approximately 700,000 people aged 16 to 59 years were victims of a sexual assault in the last year. The majority of these cases will not enter the criminal justice system. Less than one in five victims of rape or assault by penetration reported their experience to the police. The volume of sexual offences recorded by the police has almost tripled in recent years. However, these increases largely reflect improvements in police recording and more victims being willing to report. The number of offences recorded by the police remains well below the number of victims. Of the offences that do come to the attention of the police, many don’t progress further through the criminal justice system. There has been a decrease in the proportion of cases resulting in a charge or summons outcome. This decline may be, in part, due to resource pressures on the police following the substantial increase in recorded sexual offences. This includes non-recent cases, which may take longer to investigate before an outcome can be assigned. Offences have also become increasingly complex, which can increase the time it takes to consider all the evidence. Half of all sexual offences recorded by the police didn’t proceed further through the criminal justice system due to evidential difficulties. This figure reflects the challenges involved in investigating sexual offences, despite the majority of suspects being identified. The Ministry of Justice recorded a 10 per cent decrease in defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for sexual offences in 2017. This is similar to the percentage reduction seen in police charges. Crown Prosecution Service data show that three in five of rape-flagged prosecutions and four in five of prosecutions for other sexual offences resulted in a conviction. Of those that did not result in a conviction, over half were due to acquittals. A further 16 per cent of rape-flagged cases and 13 per cent of other sexual offences that did not result in a conviction were due to victim retraction, victim non-attendance or evidence of the victim not supporting the case. Conclusion The main trends are clear. Most sexual offences are not reported to the police. The police only succeeding in progressing half of those which are reported through the criminal justice system. Less than two thirds (62 per cent) of all those prosecuted for sexual offences are convicted and only just over one in three (36 per cent) of those prosecuted for rape are found guilty. It is, however, true that those who are found guilty are likely to be sent to prison for an increasing length of time. Average custodial sentence length (ACSL) has risen across all sexual offences between 2012 and 2017. The ACSL for rape in 2012 was eight years eight months while just five years later it had risen to nine years 10 months. The bottom line though is that most people committing sexual offences get away from it. My analysis of the report revealed that although it was estimated that 700,000 people were sexually assaulted last year, just 6,877 individuals were convicted of a sexual offence – not even one percent. No wonder the #MeToo movement struck a chord with so many women. View On Police Oracle
  6. The system has been tested for three years and is now undergoing a live pilot. Custody sergeants are trialling a system which will aid them in making difficult risk-based judgements. The tool, created by Cambridgeshire University, helps identify detainees who pose a major danger to the community, and whose release should be subject to additional layers of review. “The police officers who make these custody decisions are highly experienced, but all their knowledge and policing skills can’t tell them the one thing they need to know most about the suspect – how likely is it that he or she is going to cause major harm if they are released? “This is a job that really scares people – they are at the front line of risk-based decision-making,” says Dr Geoffrey Barnes. “Imagine a situation where the officer has the benefit of 100,000 or more real previous experiences of custody decisions? No one person can have that number of experiences, but a machine can,” Professor Lawrence Sherman added. In 2016, the researchers installed the world’s first AI tool for helping police make custodial decisions in Durham Constabulary. Called the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART), the AI-based technology uses 104,000 histories of people previously arrested and processed in Durham custody suites over the course of five years. Using a method called “random forests”, the tool can create thousands of combinations of predicted outcomes, the majority of which focus on the suspect’s offending history, as well as age, gender and geographical area. “Imagine a human holding this number of variables in their head, and making all of these connections before making a decision. Our minds simply can’t do it,” explains Dr Barnes. The aim of HART is to categorise whether in the next two years an offender is high risk, moderate risk or low risk. “The need for good prediction is not just about identifying the dangerous people,” explains Prof. Sherman. “It’s also about identifying people who definitely are not dangerous. For every case of a suspect on bail who kills someone, there are tens of thousands of non-violent suspects who are locked up longer than necessary.” Durham Constabulary wants to identify the ‘moderate-risk’ group – who account for just under half of all suspects according to the statistics generated by HART. These individuals might benefit from their Checkpoint programme, which aims to tackle the root causes of offending and offer an alternative to prosecution that they hope will turn moderate risks into low risks. However, the system cannot prioritise offences, which often change over time, so it has to be supplied frequently with up-to-date information. An independent study found an overall accuracy of around 63 per cent, but is 98 per cent accurate at detecting a ‘false negative’ – an offender who is predicted to be relatively safe, but then goes on to commit a serious and violent crime. The researchers also stress the technology is not a “silver bullet for law enforcement” and the ultimate decision is that of the officer in charge. Prof. Sherman said: “The police service is under pressure to do more with less, to target resources more efficiently, and to keep the public safe. “The tool helps identify the few ‘needles in the haystack’ who pose a major danger to the community, and whose release should be subject to additional layers of review. At the same time, better triaging can lead to the right offenders receiving release decisions that benefit both them and society.” View on Police Oracle
  7. XA84

    Custody Kit

    Hi guys, I'm wondering for those of you that have previously done a custody type role whether there is any kit that you would possibly recommend? Thanks in advance. XA84
  8. Hello ladies & gents - time for another one of my "Not quite law, but procedure" threads! This is mainly aimed at Met officers, but I'm interested to hear from the county mounties as well, as it will benefit the whole organistation So, you may or may not be aware of the rising hostility towards IO's on the streets of London recently: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4014426/labours-john-mcdonnell-glorified-violence-against-immigration-officials-with-sick-tweet/ (sorry for the link to the horrible rag, but it's the only one I have). In a nutshell, we're having to deal with more and more public order issues. The problem is, IO's generally "tactically retreat" from such incidents and Senior Management in Immigration Enforcement have been encouraging officers to utilise powers (obstruct / assault Immigration... and BoP) in an effort to tackle these individuals. Now, other than myself, no one I'm aware of has arrested for BoP (which happened outside our nick) and many officers are fearful of using such powers because no one has really "set the precedent" with what happens next - our organisation is about 150 years behind you lot! My aforementioned BoP arrest resulted in MD officers turning up and eventually releasing the DP - the breach had passed and it was the right result. However, I want to look at a theoretical incident where that's not really possible. So, one for you to consider: Questions - what happens next: - Should the IO's transport the DP to police custody or call for a Constable to attend the scene? - Would a custody PS be receptive to a BoP detainee... or would they laugh us out the nick? - If we do end up in custody and the custody PS is happy to accept the DP, what is the likelihood that someone will be taken to the Mags, for the purposes of binding over? Is BoP something that is pursued nowadays? - If custody isn't an option and / or police are uninterested in the case, what should we do? Drive the DP to another location, await the breach to pass and de-arrest? As ever, your comments are really appreciated - it helps us to ensure we're following correct procedure and it helps the organisation to grow!
  9. Sir Penguin


    I was wondering if anyone had any useful tips for putting suspects through custody? This is always something I seem to struggle with and my mind usually goes completely blank!
  10. The number of ambulances called out to police custody suites in London more than doubled, from 2,374 to 5,018, in the past four years, a rise that critics say exposes the shortage of nurses to assess and treat detainees. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/01/met-police-shortage-nurses-ambulance-call-outs
  11. Four hundred people killed themselves shortly after being released from police custody in England and Wales in the last seven years, a report says. The Equality and Human Rights Commission blamed many of these suicides on "serious gaps" in the care of detained people. Christina Barnes, the EHRC's policy head, called on the NHS to share mental health records with the police. The government said suicides were down but that each death was a "failure". The commission examined data from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) from April 2009 to the end of March 2016. 'Preventable' deaths "There's a lack of accountability and responsibility for these individuals," Ms Barnes told BBC One's Breakfast programme. She said people were "being released without any sort of care or support around them" because police were unaware whether a person had mental health difficulties. Half of those who committed suicide had known mental health issues but were not given support that "could have helped prevented their deaths", she said. "We'd like to see basic pieces of information from the NHS being shared with police so they can be made aware of existing conditions," Ms Barnes said. Durham's Chief Constable, Michael Barton, said that the police had changed its approach to post-custody care but that the deaths were "unacceptably high". Speaking on Breakfast, he said "everybody who is released is now released on a care plan" and that he is "really optimistic" numbers will continue to fall. 'Social exclusion' The report shows there were 400 "apparent suicides" of people who had been detained at police stations during the seven-year period to March 2016. Almost all of the "hidden deaths" included in the statistics occurred within 48 hours of release from custody, although a small number, which happened outside that timeframe, were also among the total. Of those who died, 128 (32%) had been arrested over allegations of sexual abuse. The commission said: "Sexual offences, especially in relation to children, are particularly taboo and lead many offenders to feel high levels of shame and experience high levels of social exclusion." A further 83 people (21%) who had been investigated over crimes of violence took their own lives; 44 (11%) had faced breach of the peace or criminal damage allegations, and 38 (10%) had been in custody on suspicion of driving offences. Image captionThe EHRC's Christina Barnes said police officers have "limited access" to mental health records The underlying trend over the seven years was upwards, although the number of deaths last year - 60 - was the lowest it had been since 2011/12. The Home Office highlighted the fact that there were 10 fewer deaths than in the previous year - down from 70 in 2014/15 - but said it was not "complacent" and had launched an independent review to identify "areas for improvement." A spokeswoman added: "Every death in or following police custody represents a failure and has the potential to dramatically undermine the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. "Over recent years police forces have worked closely with NHS England to improve the quality and provision of custody health services and build better local partnerships. In 2014, Michael Parkes, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, hanged himself a couple of days after being questioned by police on suspicion of sexual offences. Mr Parkes had been caught by an internet "paedophile hunter" having arranged to meet someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl. A separate case, highlighted in the EHRC report, concerned a young person who had been caught in possession of cannabis while on a family holiday. He killed himself after being later wrongly issued with a further summons at his home address. The Home Office said it would "consider all of the findings in detail when the report is published." But the commission called on ministers to set up an "inter-agency summit" to tackle the issue. David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: "When the state detains people, it also has a very high level of responsibility to ensure they are safely rehabilitated back into their communities, particularly those who may be vulnerable. "Our report reveals a fractured state of post-detention care that is potentially leading to hundreds of deaths." The commission said all apparent suicides within two days of release should be referred to the IPCC. As a "minimum requirement" it said custody health care staff should have "prompt access" to NHS records. Its report also looked at cases of prisoners who had died within 28 days after being released. However, these statistics were thought to be less reliable than the police data, showing 66 non-natural deaths over five years, most of which were from a drug overdose. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38266191 Is it a good idea to give the police access to this basic information from the NHS, or is it to much on top of all their other responsibilities? Should the NHS have a presence in every custody block instead, or perhaps at least a couple per force, maybe in a control room?
  12. Child, eight, held overnight in cell 1 hour ago From the sectionEngland Image captionCriminal justice campaigners say authorities are breaching statutory duties by detaining under 18s More than 22,000 children, including an eight-year-old, were held overnight in cells in 2014-15, police figures show. The 22,792 under-18s included one who was held for 15 days. Criminal justice experts said authorities were breaching their statutory duties by detaining under 18s overnight in adult cells. But police said there was a "lack of alternative accommodation", while local authorities said they faced difficulties in finding emergency care. Image copyrightJust for Kids Image captionBarrister Jennifer Twite said being held overnight in a cell could have a "terrible impact" on children The figures, which the BBC obtained through Freedom of Information requests to England's 39 forces, showed that while the number of children detained overnight had fallen, from 41,789 in 2011-12, experts believed it was still too high. Gloucestershire Police said the youngest child it held in a cell was eight years old. The law states that, once charged, anyone under 18 should be bailed to their home or transferred to local authority accommodation unless it is impracticable, or the child needs secure accommodation and it is not available. "In my eight years of representing children, I have never once known a child to be transferred to overnight accommodation," said Jennifer Twite, a barrister with Just For Kids, a charity that campaigns on behalf of children in the justice system. "The number of children held overnight is shocking and unacceptable. "Local authorities are under a legal duty to provide overnight accommodation for these children, many of whom are acutely vulnerable and in great distress." 22,792 Children were held overnight in police custody in 2014/2015, forces said 8 The age of the youngest child held 380 hours The longest period a child was held Most forces were unable to provide information about how many under-18s were successfully transferred to council accommodation but in one force - Merseyside - just three out of 73 children were transferred in June and July 2015. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which independently assesses police forces said custody staff at some forces - including Bedfordshire - had "never known secure accommodation to be made available for children... and had stopped requesting this facility". HMIC said: "No police force is doing enough to work with local authorities to get secure accommodation." Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "The police know cells are not a nursery or a school. "They are not an appropriate place for children to be. "Police stations are noisy and full of adults - some of whom are drunk and dangerous. "The cells are often subterranean and really unpleasant places." Jamie's story Image copyrightGetty Images Image captionKaren says being held in a cell would have been "very distressing" for her 15-year-old son Karen's son, 15-year-old Jamie (not his real name), was taken into police custody at about 22:00 on Sunday, following an incident involving a knife at the family home in Cornwall. Jamie, who has Asperger's syndrome, spent the night in a cell. The family said they and the police asked Cornwall County Council to provide emergency accommodation but were told it was not the council's responsibility. "I can only imagine the noise and the sounds which would have been very distressing for him," Karen said. "We feel really upset. I have no doubt in my mind he will have received excellent care from the police but it's hardly ideal." Karen said the family had struggled with Jamie's behaviour for many years. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 11. "There have been several severe, violent outbursts," she said. She added: "It's not just down to the police to look after vulnerable children. "I have no faith in social care - they are overwhelmed and the quality of their work is really poor. "I would like to see social care teams scrapped and a new, national body with proper funding put in its place." The county council said: "We believe it is reasonable to expect parents to fulfil the responsibilities to care for their own children. "Cornwall also has a shortage of a carers who are willing and able to look after troubled teenagers. "We do have some amazing carers who do this but none were available at that time." Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Being kept in a police cell can be a very intimidating and daunting experience for a child and we try to avoid this happening where possible. "If more suitable accommodation cannot be found, as in this case, a child has been kept overnight as a last resort." Image copyrightPictures supplied Image captionA national campaign, following the deaths of three teenagers, saw the law changed for 17-year-olds held in custody The government said it was the responsibility of chief constables to ensure the law was complied with. In 2015 it changed the law, following a campaign by Just for Kids and the families ofthree 17-year-olds - Eddie Thornber, Joe Lawton and Kesia Leatherbarrow - who killed themselves after being arrested. Policing minister Mike Penning said 17-year-olds would be "treated like 15 and 16-year-olds, and moved to secure local authority accommodation". He said: "The law is clear that any child who is charged with an offence should not be held overnight unless absolutely necessary. "This government is doing more to protect children and vulnerable individuals who often end up in police custody due to the lack of suitable accommodation." Image captionExperts say many young people see their detention as a punishment - which can be very damaging Yet experts agree this is not happening rapidly enough. Dr Vicky Kemp, principal research fellow at the University of Nottingham's School of Law, has specialised in studying children in the justice system. "Kids are being held for longer and longer because the police are strapped for resources," she said. "You are getting 14-year-olds held in cells for hours and it's not good enough. "The system can be very damaging for adolescents." The National Police Chiefs' Council lead for children and young people, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, said: "Entering custody can be a traumatic experience. "One factor in longer stays is the lack of alternative accommodation." Roy Perry, who chairs the Local Government Association's children and young people board, said: "Young people should never have to spend the night in a police cell unnecessarily. "However, we know there will be times when there is no other option available." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34884313
  13. Sheku Bayoh custody death officer 'hates black people' By Mark DalyBBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent 46 minutes ago From the sectionScotland Image captionPC Alan Paton was one of the first officers to be called to an incident which led to Sheku Bayoh's death in MayOne of the principal police officers involved in the restraint of a black man who died in custody has a history of violence and racism, it has been alleged. Sheku Bayoh, originally from Sierra Leone, died after being arrested and restrained in Kirkcaldy in May. The BBC has decided to name one of the officers involved, PC Alan Paton. He is said to have attacked his parents and admitted to hating black people. He has not responded to the claims. Members of his own family have also claimed that PC Paton has openly admitted that he hates black people. Bruised and battered Mr Bayoh's family have now called on Police Scotland to explain why an officer with an apparent history of violence was allowed to be on independent patrol. The BBC has obtained statements alleging that PC Paton, 41, carried out a sustained attack on his own parents at their home in 2005, while he was on duty. The attack was said to have left his mother, Ann Paton, now 61, unconscious, and his father, John Paton, 65, severely bruised and battered. Police officers from the then Fife Constabulary were called to the incident, but the BBC understands PC Paton's parents elected not to press charges, after being assured by senior officers the matter would be dealt with internally. Image captionPC Paton is alleged to have carried out a violent attack on his own parentsImage captionBarry Swan said he wanted Mr Bayoh's family to know about the allegations surrounding his brother in law's historyBarry Swan, 43, who is PC Paton's brother in law, told the BBC he had witnessed the aftermath of the alleged attack, and wanted to let the Bayoh family know about the police officer's past. Mr Swan, who is married to PC Paton's sister, said: "What kind of person can actually do that to their own parents? Alan is a big boy, he towered over his mum and dad. "A frail old man who'd basically been put through something he should never have been put through, he was literally black down one side. You knew instantly it wasn't one hit, he'd been kicked, he'd been stamped on. He'd had a major kicking." Mr Swan also alleged that the officer had admitted to being racist in the weeks since Mr Bayoh's death. He said: "He out and out admitted that he was a racist, that he hates them, as he puts it - all the blacks. It's not right he's a police officer." Image captionMs Bayoh's partner, Collette Bell, has questioned why someone with PC Paton's apparent history was allowed to patrol as police officerCollette Bell, Mr Bayoh's partner and the mother of his eight-month-old son Isaac, said: "They're supposed to be trained in restraint. They should have the knowledge and ability to deal with those people appropriately without having to beat them to a pulp. "There are ways and means to restrain somebody without killing them. There's no doubt about it, if Shek had not come into contact with the police he would still be here, and that hurts a lot. "If somebody could beat up their own mum and dad why are they then left with the badge, why are they still allowed to patrol the streets? "If they are that violent that they would hit out at their parents, what hope does any normal citizen have to go up against him?" The Bayoh family lawyer, Aamer Anwar said: "I think the public have a right to expect that those who engage in violence and those who engage in racism should not be able to walk our streets as police officers. They must be held to account." The death of Mr Bayoh is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (Pirc). But Mr Bayoh's family has questioned whether it has the courage, powers or resources to properly hold Police Scotland to account. How did Sheku Bayoh die? Image copyrightCarol DuncanImage captionThe post-mortem examination of Mr Bayoh revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his foreheadPolice had received a call on 3 May of this year about a man behaving erratically and brandishing a knife in Kirkcaldy. The BBC understands that Mr Bayoh, who was a trainee gas engineer, had taken the drug ecstasy. CCTV evidence seen by the family shows Mr Bayoh approaching the police at about 07:20. The BBC understands the pictures show that he did not have a knife. At least two officers, including PC Paton, who until now has only been known as officer A, said that they believed they could be facing a terrorist incident. At least four and up to six officers, including PC Paton, were immediately involved in the encounter. CS spray and police batons were used and within about 30 seconds, Mr Bayoh was brought to the ground, face down. Handcuffs and leg restraints were applied. PC Paton and a colleague known as officer B, who were two of the first on the scene, were understood to have a combined weight of about 43 stones. Eyewitness reports suggested that officers were kneeling and lying on Mr Bayoh in order to restrain him. Pronounced dead Less than five minutes after the encounter began, Mr Bayoh was noticed to be unconscious and one officer radioed for an ambulance. A further five minutes later, the ambulance still had not arrived, and an officer reported to base that Mr Bayoh was no longer breathing. CPR was attempted by the officers, but Mr Bayoh arrived by ambulance at the town's Victoria Hospital, where his sister works, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 09:04. A post-mortem examination revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his forehead. Tiny blood spots, or petechial haemorrhages were discovered in his eyes - a sign of potential asphyxia. The post mortem examination declared he had died after taking the drug MDMA, while being restrained. But a report by a renowned pathologist engaged by the Bayoh family is expected to say the cause of death was positional asphyxia - effectively being suffocated as a result of the position his body was in. Positional asphyxia is a common cause of death in police custody where restraint is involved. This latest development in the Bayoh case comes just weeks after the resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House, who was criticised for visiting the officers involved in the restraint, including Alan Paton, before he met the Bayoh family. His resignation came after a series of damaging incidents for Police Scotland. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson said: "It would be inappropriate to comment as there is an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sheku Bayoh's death which is currently being carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and they have submitted an interim report to the Crown Office. "Police Scotland remains committed to co-operating fully with the Pirc's inquiries. I would like to again offer my condolences to Sheku's family and we await the conclusion of the investigation." Image captionMs Bell and other members of Mr Bayoh's family have questioned whether the police watchdog is capable of holding Police Scotland to account over his deathPirc's ability to investigate independently has come under criticism after it emerged last month, in the Sunday Herald newspaper, that nearly three quarters of its senior investigators are ex-police officers. The IPPC, the body which investigates police complaints in England and Wales came under similar criticism several years ago, and in 2013, the Home affairs select committee recommended that a maximum of 20% of IPCC staff should be made up of former police. A Pirc spokeswoman said it was "exceptionally independent" from the police, and said "all relevant lines of enquiry were being pursued." Mr Anwar has also alleged there had been a smear campaign against Mr Bayoh in the days after his death. He said: "The attempt to criminalise Sheku Bayoh in his death - the dead can't answer back but his family have answered for him. "He wasn't 6ft plus, he was 5ft 10in. He wasn't super-sized, he was 12 stone 10 pounds. He wasn't brandishing a knife at a police officer. He didn't stab a police officer. In fact he wasn't carrying a knife when the police officers attended. "He didn't attempt to stab anyone, and he wasn't found with a knife on him. Those are the actual facts."
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