Sadly, an asthmatic black man has died in police custody after officers brushed off his complaints of chest pain as
Insider reports. Police in Brixton, south London, responded to a call of a
and arrested Ian McDonald-Taylor. Ian, who reportedly suffers from severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, complained of chest pains as he was handcuffed while he lay on the pavement. The 54-year-old is heard on police body-cam footage warning officers,
“I’m fading” and “I’m going to die. Stand me up now.”
The unidentified officer who arrested Ian can be heard dismissing Ian’s claims.
“He’s currently on the floor playing the whole poor me poor me; he’s going to have to go to the hospital though as a matter of course,”
and later said,
“He’s saying he has chest pains he can’t breathe blah blah; it’s a load of nonsense, but there we go.”
Moments later Ian went into cardiac arrest and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest, acute asthma, situational stress, heart disease, and dehydration.
Senior Coroner Andrew Harris’ said in a statement that the anonymous officer
“could not bring himself to apologize to the family.”
Reports did not specify the repercussions that the officer will face.
#Clique, what are your thoughts?