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Protest for Rashan Charles to take place outside police st

VICTIM: Rashan Charles

PROTESTERS SEEKING justice for Rashan Charles – the 20-year-old young man who died after being chased by police – will demonstrate outside an east London police station today (July 24).

The Hackney Stand Up to Racism and Fascism protest group has organised a 'JusticeforRash' vigil outside Stoke Newington police station on Monday evening (July 24), saying his death has left members “enormously concerned and angered”.

The protest group said Charles death was the latest in a “seemingly endless list of young black men dying at the hands of the authorities”.

CCTV footage posted online under the hashtag #justiceforRash appears to show an officer restraining Charles inside the shop.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the footage, with a post-mortem examination and formal identification set to take place.


TRIBUTES: A man lights a candle at the scene of the incident (PA)

Chief Superintendent Simon Laurence, the Met Police’s borough commander for Hackney, said:

“The IPCC has launched an independent investigation to establish what happened and has viewed the officers' body worn video.

"There is likely to be speculation over the next few days regarding what led to this man becoming ill, so I would encourage people to keep up-to-date with the IPCC's statements, as and when they are released.

"All police officers are fully aware that they will be asked to account for their actions - officers are not exempt from the law and we would not wish to be."

Since his death, friends and family have paid tribute to Charles as a “humble young man” while flowers have also been laid outside Yours Locally.

Social media has also made their voice heard in a series of tweets from various people sharing their thoughts on the tragic incident.

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