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Outrage After Man Tasered by Police Jumps off Bridge, Dies

Questions and outage are growing across London after a man who ended up in London’s River Thames following police firing a Taser in a bid to detain him died yesterday.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed the man, in his early 40s, had passed away in hospital.

On Saturday morning, police were called to Chelsea Bridge Road, west London after receiving reports that a man was armed with a screwdriver and shouting. He was rescued from the water and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The IOPC, the police watchdog, said on Sunday the man, aged in his early 40s, had died in hospital and that an inquiry was under way.

IOPC director Steve Noonan said: “We have spoken to the man’s family to express our sincere condolences and explain our involvement. Our sympathies remain with them at this terrible time. Our independent investigation is under way into the police actions at the bridge and we have begun gathering and reviewing evidence.”

The watchdog said: “We are investigating contact Metropolitan Police officers had with a man on Chelsea Bridge yesterday morning (Saturday) prior to him entering the River Thames.

“He was subsequently rescued from the water and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The ma sadly died in hospital on Saturday evening.

“We were notified by the Metropolitan Police on Saturday and sent investigators to the scene and to the police post-incident procedure to begin our investigation. Initial information indicates that officers were responding to reports of a disturbance when they encountered the man on the bridge. During the incident Taser was deployed.

“Investigators have secured police body-worn video footage and initial accounts have been obtained from the officers involved. The Taser used has also been gathered and will be analysed. Investigators have overseen forensic examination of the scene.”

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The Metropolitan Police said officers challenged the man before the Taser was discharged, but this “did not enable the officers to safely detain him” and he “subsequently entered the river”.

A rescue operation was launched and the man was pulled to safety by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

His family will be supported by specialist officers, the force said.

Commander Alexis Boon said: “My thoughts are with the family of the man at this very difficult time. I offer my sincere condolences to them for their tragic loss.

“Officers go to work every day to keep the public safe, and so any incident in which a person comes to harm following contact with police is understandably concerning.

“Our officers face some of the most challenging and difficult situations daily, in doing so they are fully aware that their actions should rightly be subject to public scrutiny.

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards made an immediate referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following this sad incident, and we will co-operate fully with them as they work to understand the full circumstances.”

Original Article: Questions and outrage grow after man who was tasered by police jumps off Chelsea Bridge and dies (cityam.com)

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  1. How ’bout this? let the guy stay on the bridge. He will get tired and go home all by him self…Back before tazers and stun guns the Police could make a simple arrest without killing the suspect. (YOU sure the American FIB(sic) wasn’t called in on this? )

    Killed for “brandishing a screwdriver” When will it end?

    When screwdrivers are outlawed only criminals will be able to fix a leaky faucet.

  2. Again, we have a mental ill person, brandishing a weapon, and attempting to use it on anyone who gets in his way, police attempt to arrest him, he does not obey police instuctions, so he jumps into the river in order to escape the police and ends up dead. The police were doing the job they are paid to do, which is protect the citizens and now because they did their job, they will be tried as murderers and will be in all kinds of trouble and possible cost them their jobs. If they had not done their job and the man stabbed someone with the screwdriver, the public would be calling the out for not doing their job. It is a no win situation for the police.

    • Victim blaming. Compliance is not a law
      Police job description; serve and protect. Protect both s perceived victim AND Criminal; deliver to the justice system which decides guilt and possible punishment.

      • William, it’s apparently obvious you have zero knowledge of criminal law. Court precedent has ruled that “Compliance” to a police officers orders is law and lawful.

        This man is dead due to his own disturbed decision to jump off a bridge to ignore repeated commands by police and to evade detention.

        William, you must be a liberal from one of the many messed up, lawless blue states in America, right, where suspects are victims and law enforcement officers are suspects for simply doing their job.

  3. Hey, Mathew Molk, A screwdriver IS a weapon! How would you like to be STABBED by one??? Depending on where you are stabbed, it CAN be FATAL, the SAME as a knife!!! I’m sick of Libtards always defending the criminal. Thank God the Officers were not injured!

  4. Simply follow directions. Stop swinging at police with a screwdriver. No one told you to jump off a bridge. Should have stayed down and listen to orders.

  5. Hey, Mathew Molk, A screwdriver IS a weapon! How would you like to be STABBED by one??? Depending on where you are stabbed, it CAN be FATAL, the SAME as a knife!!! I’m sick of Libtards always defending the criminal. Thank God the Officers were not injured!

  6. Politicians are expected to have legislation out by weeks end. The “Assault Screwdriver” Bad. Including over 600 types and sizes of screwdrivers, and high-capacity tool belts!

  7. Politicians are expected to have legislation soon. The “Assault Screwdriver” Ban. Includes over 600 types and sizes of screwdrivers, fully automatic & semi-automatic and a ban on high-capacity tool belts! An enraged Politician put it: Noone should have an implement of…Work!

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