originally by: The Independent
published: 1 October 2012
A young man who died in police custody less than 45 minutes after ringing 999 for help was captured on CCTV pleading for mercy, an inquest into his death has been shown. Jacob Michael, 25, died in a police cell after being pepper sprayed and restrained by police officers in Widness, Cheshire in August last year.
On the first day of the inquest, the 10-person jury was shown harrowing CCTV footage of Mr Michael lying face down in the cell with his hands cuffed and his legs restrained – moments before the police realised he was unwell.
Mr Michael called police in an agitated state on 22 August 2011 after telling his father that he had been threatened by somebody with a gun, the inquest at Warrington Coroner’s Court heard.
The police forced their way into Mr Michael’s bedroom, restrained him after a struggle and sprayed him with pepper spray to try and incapacitate him, but he ran out into the street, the jury was told.