Sheku Bayoh, 32, died in custody after being restrained by police on May 3, 2015.
His neighbors called emergency services to report a black man with a knife acting erratically. Police officers arrived at the scene where they found Bayoh. He was then tackled by the police squad using CS spray, batons and leg and arm restraints. An ambulance was called after he lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead in hospital.
The postmortem concluded that he had sustained facial injuries, a fractured rib and bruises and the presence of the street drugs MDMA and Flakka. His cause of death was recorded as “sudden death in a man intoxicated [with drugs] whilst under restraint”. In 2018, the Crown Office in Scotland decided there would be no prosecutions against any officers involved.
In November 2019, the Scottish Government’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf established an independent public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh’s death. The inquiry is still in process.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The FBI initiative group requested clarifications on the current case from Humza Yousaf MSP, The Right Honourable David Mundell WS MP and The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP. 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.