CCTV shows officers carrying Faisal Al-Ani into police station before death

03Jul09

police restraint on streetoriginally published: 1st July 2009

Newly obtained CCTV footage has revealed how police officers carried a bruised and apparently limp man into custody moments before he died, contradicting an initial statement by the investigating police watchdog that he had “walked into the police station” and then collapsed.

The footage, shown to Faisal Al-Ani’s inquest and released by the coroner after legal requests by the Guardian, also shows three officers pinning him to the ground while arresting him in Southend-on-Sea town centre.

The restraint techniques used by the officers against Al-Ani, a 43-year-old suffering from an acute psychotic illness, were criticised in a report commissioned by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

On Monday, the jury at Al-Ani’s inquest at Southend civic centre returned a narrative verdict that was broadly supportive of police actions, finding that the force used by the police to restrain Al-Ani had been appropriate even though officers deviated from standard techniques, but that they had failed to take appropriate care of his physical welfare.

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