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Inquest Finds ‘excessive Force’ In Beckenham Led To Man’s Death

A jury at Croydon Coroner's Court found that it was 'Excessive force and police restraint' that lead to death of IT analyst at Bethlem hospital.

23 year old Olaseni Lewis was restrained by 11 officers at Bethlem Royal Hospital in August last year who then fell into a coma and died a few days later. He was restrained for 10 minutes then later another police restraint lasted over 20 minutes where the technique was found to be “disproportionate and unreasonable” and Mr Lewis had a pulse of 45 to 50 beats per minute but did not respond.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission released a statement following the conclusion. Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “It has been my ongoing commitment, since taking on the oversight of our second investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Seni, to obtain answers for his family.

"The IPCC has been clear about the mistakes made in the past and I have personally apologised to the Lewis family in public and in private.

“The Metropolitan Police have been directed to carry out disciplinary proceedings which I hope will take place as soon as possible.”

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