Household of man who died after being tasered criticise ‘merciless’ wait to see footage

Household of man who died after being tasered criticise ‘merciless’ wait to see footage


elatives of a person who died after plunging from a London bridge after being Tasered have stated it was “merciless” to make them wait over three months to see police bodycam video of the incident.

The household of Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, who died at Chelsea Bridge in June, stated they had been had been proven body-cam footage on Wednesday.

Footage of the incident posted on social media after the incident confirmed officers difficult Mr Omishore after which discharging a Taser as he shouted in an agitated method.

After initially being incapacitated, the 41-year-old recovered and ran to the facet of the bridge earlier than showing to leap into the river beneath.

Particulars launched by the Metropolitan Police within the aftermath of the incident stated that officers had been known as to reviews {that a} man was “armed with a screwdriver”.

In June, watchdog the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC), confirmed that actually Mr Omishore, who was identified by his household as Deji, had been carrying a plastic and steel firelighter, which kin stated he used to gentle cigarettes.

Investigators from the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct are persevering with to look at occasions across the incident.

In an announcement launched on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Omishore’s household stated: “Yesterday, our household was lastly given entry to view the body-worn video footage of the officers that encountered our brother Deji on Chelsea Bridge.

“This comes greater than 3 months after his loss of life.

“There is no such thing as a justification for the wait that households systematically endure to have entry to this footage. It’s merciless and deprives households of readability and closure.

“We’ve heard reviews of circumstances the place entry has taken over 18 months! Why?!

“From the bystander footage, we are able to see that Deji was susceptible and topic to an extreme use of drive.”

The household stated utilizing a taser was “reckless, coercive, and alternatives to de-escalate the state of affairs had been gravely missed.”

They added: “The Met Police nonetheless has a variety of answering to do.

“Regardless of their actions leading to loss of life, the officers are nonetheless on lively obligation, with no investigation into their conduct. Neither has been interviewed underneath warning.

“We’re urgently calling for this to alter.”

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police stated: “This was a tragic incident and our sympathies are with Mr Omishore’s household as they proceed to come back to phrases with the lack of their cherished one.

“This matter is topic to an investigation by the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC).

“We’re co-operating totally with the IOPC’s investigation and their findings can be launched sooner or later.

“The officers concerned on this incident stay on full duties. Choices in regards to the standing of any officer concerned in an incident underneath investigation are stored underneath evaluate.”

A spokesperson for the IOPC stated: “Our ideas and sympathies stay with the household and associates of Oladeji Omishore. Our investigation into the circumstances surrounding his loss of life is progressing nicely and our investigators are persevering with to collect and analyse key proof.

“At this stage we’ve no indication that any of the officers concerned could have breached police skilled requirements or dedicated a felony offence, though we hold conduct issues continually underneath evaluate.

“We’ll work to finish the investigation as rapidly as attainable and we’re dedicated to finishing up an intensive and strong examination of all of the proof. We proceed to liaise with Mr Omishore’s household to replace them on our progress.”

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