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Investigation in West Yorkshire Police's contact wth a man who died after being released from police custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating West Yorkshire Police’s contact with a 22-year-old man who died in hospital eight days after being released from custody.

Ethaniel Butler was arrested in Leeds on 28 June and released on bail. He was later taken to hospital where he died on 6 July.

An independent IPCC investigation that began on 11 July will examine West Yorkshire Police’s contact with Mr Butler, his arrest and any use of force, the period he spent in detention at Elland Road police station, checks made during his detention and the adequacy of pre-release assessments.

The investigation will be overseen by the IPCC Commissioner for the West Yorkshire area, Kathryn Stone.

IPCC staff have met with members of Mr Butlers family and preliminary investigatory work has been carried out.

Ms Stone said: "I would like to extend my sympathies to Mr Butler’s family and also reassure them that the IPCC investigation will be rigorous and thorough. We will determine whether correct procedures were followed by the officers who came into contact with Ethaniel and whether all national and local policies and guidelines were adhered to by West Yorkshire Police.”


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