A nurse called to the cell of a woman who later collapsed and died should have realised she needed urgent treatment, an inquest jury has ruled.
Toni Emma Speck, 31, of Huntington, was detained under the Mental Health Act at Fulford Road police station in York on 2 June 2011. She later suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital. Her family criticised systematic failings in her care and said she could have lived had she been hospitalised.
Her sister Dawn Atkinson said: “We have all been left devastated after hearing from the expert witness evidence that Toni’s life could have been saved, if she had been transported straight to the accident and emergency department at York District Hospital.”
Councillors have unanimously agreed to pass a vote of no confidence in a police watchdog yet to finish its investigation into a death in custody.
Father-of-two Leon Briggs died at Luton Police station in November 2013 but the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is yet to complete its inquiry into case almost 22-months on.
Cllr Jacqui Burnett, who brought the motion at a meeting on Tuesday, said the delay had left the family with ‘no answers’. Luton South MP Gavin Shuker has also written to the Home Secretary Theresa May asking her to look into the ‘unacceptable delay’ of the inquiry.
A police officer accused of lying at the inquest of a man who died in police custody seven years ago has appeared in court.
Musician Sean Rigg, from south London, died while being held at Brixton police station on 21 August 2008. The 40-year-old had been in a police van for 11 minutes before being transferred to the police station.
Following the investigation into the death, Sgt Paul White gave evidence at his inquest in July 2012. He is accused of lying in his statement about visiting Rigg while he was in the police van between 7.55pm and 8.03pm on the day he died to check on his health.
A new documentary on the death of Ethan Saylor, a Frederick man with Down syndrome who died while police were restraining him, has been produced.
Ethan’s Law contains accounts from eyewitnesses who claim information they had on the incident was ignored by authorities. Saylor, 26, died from asphyxiation on Jan. 12, 2013 when three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies forcibly removed him from a movie theater after he tried to stay for a second showing without buying a ticket.
Filmmaker Edward Rhodes said his documentary started as an expose on the incident and during the process, he believes he’s uncovered new information.