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Rashan Charles family speaks out following investigation

R.I.P: Rashan Charles

THE FAMILY of Rashan Charles have spoken out following the IOPC's investigation

On behalf of Charles family, their solicitor Mr Imran Khan QC spoke of the family's disappointment in the IOPC's findings.

“We are discussing with Rashan’s family the content of the IOPC’s findings and actively considering challenges the decision because they are extremely disappointed by the findings of the IOPC and are particularly concerned by the manner in which they have been treated throughout the investigation process.

“Regrettably, the IOPC, not unlike its predecessor the IPCC, has not delivered the accountability and justice that this family deserve and the public require in order to have any confidence int e way in which it deals with and investigate complaints against the police."

Mr Charles died on July 22 2017 in the early morning after being chased into a shop in Dalston, east London where CCTV showed a police officer attempting to restrain him on the floor.

The IOPC’s investigation report, published today (Aug 15), revealed findings that the police officer who restrained Mr Charles fell short of expected standards but "felt the failings of the officer were not deliberate and did not amount to misconduct."

“Rashan Charles, a young man at the beginning of his life, died in 21st century London following contact with a police officer, yet no police officer has faced any meaningful sanction whatsoever," said Mr Khan.

"The tragic and untimely death of Rashan could have been an opportunity for learning lessons so that abhorrent practices could be fundamentally changed. That opportunity now appears to have been lost with the risk that such an event might happen again.”

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