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Officer probed over Rashan Charles death

VICTIM: Rashad Charles (Photo credit: Met Police)

THE POLICE WATCHDOG have confirmed that a Metropolitan Police officer is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of Rashan Charles in London.

Charles, 20, died after being apprehended by police officers in Dalston, east London, on 22 July.

He became ill after trying to swallow an object and was later pronounced dead in hospital.
A package containing "a mixture of paracetamol and caffeine" was later discovered in his throat.

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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