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Jury condemns police restraint of young black man in mental health hospital

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Police officers used “excessive force” to restrain a man in custody at a mental health hospital who died four days later.

An inquest jury has unanimously condemned police and healthcare staff actions in relation to the death of 23-year-old Olaseni Lewis, who died as a result of prolonged restraint by MPS officers at Bethlem Royal Hospital (part of the South London and Maudsley “SLAM” Mental Health Trust) on 31 August 2010. The jury described the use of restraint for two prolonged periods as “unnecessary and unreasonable”. Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers, Alex Gask of Doughty Street Chambers, and Raju Bhatt and Sophie Naftalin of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors were involved in this case. For further press coverage, please click here.