Saturday, 16 May 2015

Family of the Sierraleone man who died in police detention in Scotland demand inquiry

Sheku Bayoh, 31, died from suspected asphyxiation on a street in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Photograph: HE Media


The family of a Sierra Leonean man who died after being detained by up to nine police officers have demanded a robust independent inquiry after “grave concerns” emerged about police conduct surrounding the incident.
Solicitor Aamer Anwar (second from r) with the family of Sheku Bayoh, including his partner Colette Bell (c) and his sister Kadijartu Johnson (r), at a news conference in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
Sheku Bayoh, 31, died from suspected asphyxiation on a street in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Sunday 3 May. He had been detained, handcuffed and put in leg restraints following an altercation with a female police officer and a colleague, and had been allegedly wielding a knife.
Sheku Bayoh’s partner Colette Bell at a press conference in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
“At this point in time our family is heartbroken, not able to grieve; his body is still in the mortuary all alone. Even once we have buried my baby brother we will not be able to grieve until we know the truth.”
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