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Sheku Bayoh’s family ‘disgusted’ by no charges decision

PICTURED: Sheku Bayoh

THE FAMILY of Sheku Bayoh have said they are “disgusted” that the Scottish Police will face no charges over his death.

Bayoh, a father-of-two, died in May 2015 on a street in Kirkcaldy, Fife, after being restrained by officers in Scotland.

His family had mounted a civil legal challenge against Police Scotland following the decision not to take criminal action against the officers involved.

The officers who arrested Bayoh used multiple measures to restrain him including CS gas, pepper spray, batons and restraints for his arms and legs.

Following yesterday’s announcement that no charges will be brought against the officers, Bayoh’s family conveyed their devastation at the news.

"We have left this office very disappointed and disgusted, my brother Sheku has died and yet the police get to walk free.

"The justice system has failed us as a family as well as his two boys Isaac and Tyler,” the BBC reported Bayoh’s sister Kadijatu Johnson said.

The family’s lawyer, Aamer Anwar, has referred to Bayoh’s death as a “national disgrace”.

Scotland’s justice secretary Humza Yousaf met with Bayoh’s family yesterday.

He said: “I want to pay tribute to the family of Sheku Bayoh who have, in the most tragic and difficult of circumstances, shown enormous courage in their commitment to establishing the facts around Sheku’s death.

“I fully understand that today will be a very difficult day for the family. I felt it was important to meet them to reiterate that this government shares the family’s commitment to getting answers.”

Yousaf also reiterated the first minister’s comments that the possibility of a public inquiry was still on the table.

He said: “We are not ruling out the possibility of a public inquiry. That definitely remains an option, but it is a decision that we can take only once the process around criminal proceedings has been fully exhausted.”

It is understood that the family will seek a review of the decision and continue to fight for Bayoh.

Police were called following reports of a man armed with a knife.

Toxicology tests revealed that Bayoh had taken ecstasy and another drug called alpha PVP.

Some experts have said that the drugs were a factor in Bayoh’s death.

According to his family, the CCTV shows Bayoh was not brandishing a knife, nor was he acting violent towards the police.

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