Inquiry into non-natural deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions

police & mental healthsource: Equality and Human Rights Commission
published: December 2014

The inquiry will assess the extent to which prison, hospital and police services comply with the Human Rights Act 1998 and how recommendations from previous inquiries and reports into non-natural deaths in detention have been implemented.

The inquiry has gathered most of the evidence and we are analysing the evidence along with meeting with people from the key organisations and with family members to test our findings in preparation to publish our report in the Spring 2015.

The Inquiry team can be contacted by email at

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Police release footage related to shooting of Antonio Martin

US Police - Gun & Cuffssource: The Guardian
published: 24 December 2014

St Louis police have released a series of surveillance videos that capture the moments before a black teenager was shot on Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri. Authorities insist the teenager, Antonio Martin, had pointed a handgun at the officer, who then killed him.

Two new videos were released on Wednesday that showed the immediate impact of the Berkeley shooting. One showed the officer, who remains unidentified, apparently being propelled backwards onto the ground by the force of his own gun, then turning, running and taking cover behind a gas pump.

Another newly released video, taken from the opposite angle, shows Martin and a friend walking up to the spot where the shooting happened. The camera fails to catch the shooting itself, but does show the friend running away from the scene very rapidly.

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Adrian Thompson who died after being Tasered by police ‘was not breaking into flat’

Adrian Thompsonsource: Daily Mail
published: 25 Dec 2014

A man who died after being Tasered by police by a 50,000-volt stun gun was not breaking into the property as thought but visiting friends for a quiet birthday drink, a friend has claimed.

Adrian Thompson became unresponsive after being bundled into a police car and taken into custody in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, having been stunned.

A call to the police suggested he was breaking into the property, but a friend has now insisted the 34-year-old had been invited to the scene in the early hours of Monday morning. 

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