Saturday, June 06, 2020

Darren Cumberbatch - Take the knee

An official review into the death of  Darren Cumberbatch who was punched repeatedly by police, beaten with a baton and Tasered has been delayed for the last year because investigators have yet to obtain a transcript of the inquest.

An inquest heard he was punched 15 times by officers, and that police restraint, including use of Tasers and batons, contributed to Cumberbatch’s death. The coroner said the level of restraint used by Warwickshire Police was “excessive”. After the inquest concluded in June last year, the independent police watchdog pledged to “review the findings” of its investigation.

In October 2018, the IPOC said it had completed its investigation into Cumberbatch, shared it with his family, and that its publication would “await the conclusion of an inquest”. However, following the inquest the watchdog announced it wanted to “review” the investigation’s findings. An IOPC spokesperson said: “To do so effectively we require a transcript of the coroner’s court proceedings to progress this work further.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has now admitted that it has failed to even acquire the transcript of the high-profile inquest.

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