Kevin Clarke, 35, died in custody after being restrained by police on March 9, 2018.
Police had been called to Clarke, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, that day because of concerns that his mental health was deteriorating. He was then found lying down on the edge of a school playing field. Police surrounded him and then restrained him using two sets of handcuffs to pin his arms behind his back due to his size, and leg restraints.
The police body-cam footage shows he was clearly mentally unwell – he is seen striking his hand against the ground several times and appears confused and disoriented. The video also reveals Clarke repeatedly told officers: “I can’t breathe.” An ambulance was called and Clarke was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital.
In January 2021 one of the officers involved in Clarke’s arrest faced misconduct proceedings. Clarke’s family also want other officers involved in the restraint to face misconduct proceedings.
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The FBI initiative group requested clarifications on the current case from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, and British Home Secretary Priti Sushil Patel. The initiative group considers it necessary to combat racism on the part of law enforcement officials and, if necessary, can provide legal and informational assistance to the family of the victim.