The heartbroken partner of a man who died after being restrained by police has told how her tears will not dry until she gets justice for him. Collette Bell says she has researched deaths in custody similar to boyfriend Sheku Bayoh’s and has been left “horrified”.
She also told of her grief at the loss of Sheku – who she called Sheik – and how their five-month-old son Isaac constantly reminds her of his dad.
The 27-year-old will join his family and friends at a series of events to raise funds for their campaign to find out how Sheku died.
Several thousand people have held a protest in New York City on the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hand of police. Garner, a 43-year-old African American from Staten Island, died last year after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.
A grand jury later declined to indict eight-year NYPD veteran Daniel Pantaleo, sparking weeks of angry protests in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Garner’s death was captured on camera.
The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.
Eric Garner’s family in October filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.
Garner, who was 43, was stopped last July 17 outside a Staten Island convenience store because police officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.