INQUEST response to death of Sheku Bayoh
14 May 2015
Sheku Bayoh 31 died after being detained by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife on May 3. Today his relatives have said they are seeking the truth about what happened to him.
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST, who is advising the family's lawyer, said:
"This is a very disturbing death that requires the most robust independent investigation and far reaching scrutiny. INQUEST has worked on far too many cases of young black men who have died following the use of restraint by police officers. It is vital that the police are properly held to account and the full facts are established. Unless the investigation and legal process is seen to deliver the truth, family and public trust and confidence will be undermined. "
‘Although it is fair to say I was given adequate opportunity to express my views the final verdict was not the one I had hoped for. We were all devastated to think that [our brother] had died in such tragic circumstances and no one had been made accountable.’
– Family of man who died while detained under the Mental Health Act