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IPCC investigating police contact with man in Hackney before he died

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an independent investigation into police contact with a man who died following an incident in Hackney, London in the early hours of Saturday morning (22 July 2017).

The IPCC was informed by the Metropolitan Police that at around 1.45am on Saturday 22 July 2017 officers requested a car travelling in the Kingsland Road/Middleton Road area of Hackney to stop.

A passenger in the car, a 20 year old man, left the scene and was followed on foot by an officer into a nearby shop.

The man became unwell and first aid was provided by a police officer, police medic and paramedics. The IPCC has obtained evidence which indicates an object was removed from his throat at the scene. The man was then transported to the Royal London Hospital, where he sadly died soon afterwards.

The IPCC declared an independent investigation at 3:10am and investigators were deployed to the scene and to the post-incident procedure.

Initial accounts have been taken from a number of non-police eye witnesses who saw the incident, as well as the police officers involved.

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

The man’s family have been informed and an investigator met with them to explain the IPCC’s investigation and role.

Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the Kingsland Road/Middleton Road area of Hackney at this time. Witnesses should make initial contact with investigators by emailing


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