Dalston police chase: 20-year-old man dies after being held by officers in east London

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A 20-year-old man has died after being chased by police and apprehended in a shop in east London.

A Metropolitan Police officer pursued the man on foot after they attempted to stop a car in Kingsland Road at 1.45am on Saturday, the force said. 

The man went into a shop where he was seen “trying to swallow an object”, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “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.”

CCTV footage posted on social media under the hashtag #justiceforRash appears to show officers restraining a young man inside a shop.

A spokeswoman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed the video is linked to the incident.

Paramedics were called and before they arrived police officers, including a force medic, provided first aid, the Met said.

The man was then taken to an east London hospital, where he was pronounced dead around an hour later.

His next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination and formal identification are to take place. 

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident, and the Directorate of Professional Standards has also been informed.

The IPCC said it had launched an independent investigation at 3.10am on Saturday – less than an hour-and-a-half after police pursued the man.

It said it had obtained evidence “which indicates an object was removed from his throat at the scene”.

He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he died.

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

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


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