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Man, 20, dies after being chased by police into a shop

Man, 20, dies after being chased by police into a shop

The police watchdog has launched a probe after a man fleeing police was wrestled to the floor and later died.

The Met Police said the 20-year-old man, named by his family as Rashan Jermaine Charles, was seen trying to 'swallow an object'.

In footage obtained by MailOnline, an officer appears to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of the shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, at 1.45am on Saturday.

Scotland Yard said the policeman was brought into 'prevent the man from harming himself'. The Independent Police Complaint's Commission said they are investigating the officer's use of force.  

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In footage obtained by MailOnline an officer appears to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of the shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, at 1.45am on Saturday 
In footage obtained by MailOnline an officer appears to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of the shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, at 1.45am on Saturday 

In footage obtained by MailOnline an officer appears to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of the shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, at 1.45am on Saturday 

At the beginning of the clip, Mr Charles can be seen walking into the shop before an officer attempts to arrest him.

He is wrestled to the floor as he appears to try to swallow an item. The policeman can be seen holding his hand briefly over the Mr Charles' mouth.

As the suspect struggles on the floor, a bystander in to help the policeman with the arrest. After they put the handcuffs on, it appears the man has stopped breathing and the officer removes his hat as he radios for help. 

Moments later, two more officers arrive on the scene and the video is cut off.

Police and the IPCC said the man was pronounced dead at the Royal London Hospital but would not comment on whether he stopped breathing beforehand.

A force spokesman said the Independent Police Complaint's Commission was now investigating. 

Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Charles, with a family friend saying he was visiting his grandmother just moments before the incident.

In an online statement, the friend wrote: 'To all my Facebook friends and family, it is with great sadness I announce the death of 20-year-old Rashan Charles after being stopped by police in Hackney in the early hours of this morning.

'The family is so shocked and in disbelief because he only just left his grandmother's house to return home after a visit. Within a short while he was dead. 

'The police complaint's authority is dealing with it. Please pray for his family.'  

The man has been named locally as Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old man from London
The man has been named locally as Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old man from London

The man has been named locally as Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old man from London

Tributes: A family friend posted a tribute to Rashan on Facebook following the tragic news 
Tributes: A family friend posted a tribute to Rashan on Facebook following the tragic news 

Tributes: A family friend posted a tribute to Rashan on Facebook following the tragic news 

This afternoon police chiefs urged the public to follow the progress of the IPCC's investigation amid fears of mounting speculation.

The Met's chief superintendent Simon Laurence, borough commander for Hackney said: 'A man, who was in the car, was pursued on foot before entering a shop where he was seen to be trying to swallow an object. He was then taken ill.

'He was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service where, sadly, he died later that morning. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends.'

Supt Laurence said the officer's body camera was being reviewed by the IPCC. 

In the clip, the policeman appears to be locked in a struggle with the man when a bystander joins in to help. Shortly after they appear to realise he is no longer breathing 
In the clip, the policeman appears to be locked in a struggle with the man when a bystander joins in to help. Shortly after they appear to realise he is no longer breathing 

In the clip, the policeman appears to be locked in a struggle with the man when a bystander joins in to help. Shortly after they appear to realise he is no longer breathing 

A force spokesman said the Independent Police Complaint's Commission was now investigating
A force spokesman said the Independent Police Complaint's Commission was now investigating

A force spokesman said the Independent Police Complaint's Commission was now investigating

He added: 'There is likely to be speculation over the next few days regarding what led to this man becoming ill, so I would encourage people to keep up-to-date with the IPCC's statements, as and when they are released.

'All police officers are fully aware that they will be asked to account for their actions - officers are not exempt from the law and we would not wish to be.' 

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: 'The man entered a shop in Kingsland Road, where he was seen to be trying to swallow an object.

'The officer intervened and sought to prevent the man from harming himself, but he was then taken ill.'

London Ambulance Service attended, and before they arrived first aid was provided by officers, including a police medic. 

Police attempted to stop a car on Kingsland Road (file picture) in Hackney, East London
Police attempted to stop a car on Kingsland Road (file picture) in Hackney, East London

Police attempted to stop a car on Kingsland Road (file picture) in Hackney, East London

A spokesman for the IPCC told MailOnline they were investigating the contact between the police officer and the man who died. 

CCTV footage from inside the shop and police body worn video has also been gathered and viewed. 

They said they were contacted by the Met Police at 2.45am and an independent investigation was launched - less than an hour and a half after police pursued the man. The Directorate of Professional Standards has also been informed. 

London Ambulance Service attended, and before they arrived first aid was provided by officers, including a police medic.    

Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the Kingsland Road/ Middleton Road area of Hackney.

Anyone with information should contact investigators by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

 

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