Two police officers could face charges over death of man in custody


James Herbert
James Herbert

source: The Guardian
published: 1 February 2016

Two police officers face possible criminal charges over the death of a young man with mental health problems who suffered cardiac arrest while in custody.

James Herbert, 25, died after being left naked on the floor of a police cell in Somerset, prompting an inquest jury to raise serious concerns about his treatment at the hands of officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has investigated and has passed on a file on the actions of two officers to the Crown Prosecution Service. It will be up to CPS lawyers to consider if either or both of the pair should be charged and brought before a court.

In addition, the IPCC has also asked prosecutors to consider if the Avon and Somerset force should be charged over potential health and safety offences.

Herbert, a data-recovery engineer, was detained under the Mental Health Act after being seen acting strangely in a street in Wells, Somerset, in the summer of 2010.

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