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Jury finds Rashan Charles death ‘accidental’

PICTURED: Rashan Charles

ON JULY 22 of last year, 20-year-old Rashan Charles died in hospital after he was chased by police and tackled to the ground in a shop in east London.

After he was restrained, paramedics who attended the scene removed a “golf ball-sized” package, which contained a mixture of caffeine and paracetamol, from this throat.

On Wednesday (June 20), the jury returned the verdict, which found that Mr Charles died from a cardiac arrest and upper airway obstruction by a foreign object during a period of restraint.

Coroner Mary Hassell who read their conclusions said: “Rashan’s death was an accident, which occurred by virtue of deliberate human actions on the part of Rashan, the police officer who chased him and a civilian bystander, which unexpectedly and inadvertently led to the death of Rashan.”

The friends and family of Mr Charles who waited outside the courtroom for the verdict had little faith in the inquest process. His great-uncle, Rod Charles, a retired Met Chief Inspector said it had “descended into farce”.

He added: “This inquest, I’ve said from day one, is a farce. “I have due respect for the jury, but I have rafts and waves of concerns with the process. I have had to listen to implausible evidence at times, and at times downright lies.”

He also criticised the use of expert witnesses, who have years of experience working for the Met Police, claiming their evidence was “not impartial and not objective”.

Mr Charles said: “I will not stop with this case while I’m still breathing,” adding that the family would pursue all further legal option

The Metropolitan Police officers involved were granted anonymity at an inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court, where they were known as BX47 and BX48.

The Met Police constable who detained Mr Charles, known only as BX47, told the inquest from behind a black curtain that he’d feared Mr Charles had a weapon. He began the pursuit after Mr Charles was seen running from a dark-coloured Ford Focus, which he thought to be suspicious.

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