In 2018, police from Catford, a south London suburb, came to the aid of 35-year-old Kevin Clarke, who suffers from schizophrenia, but he passed out several hours later and died in hospital.
On March 9, 2018, police found 35-year-old black Kevin Clarke lying on a school playing field. The man suffered from schizophrenia, and when his illness worsened, he lost control of himself. The police decided to arrest Clarke, but he resisted, although he did not realize it. The officers threw him to the ground and then handcuffed him. They pinned him to the ground, and he told them several times that he could not breathe and was not feeling well. A few minutes later, the man lost consciousness. He was taken to a local hospital, where Clark died a few hours later.
Clarke’s cause of death was listed as “acute behavioral disorder with recurrent schizophrenia leading to malnutrition and cardiac arrest,” but his family disagreed, and in January 2021, a lawsuit was filed against the police officer involved in the arrest.