Man pulled from Thames after being Tasered by police has died

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A person who was pulled from the Thames after being Tasered by police and later taken to hospital has died.

Police were called to Chelsea Bridge Road, in west London, on Saturday morning after receiving studies {that a} man was armed with a screwdriver and shouting.

The person was challenged by officers on the bridge and Tasered, however the Met Police stated this “didn’t allow the officers to soundly detain him”.

He then entered the river and was rescued by the RNLI and brought to hospital.

The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC), the police watchdog, stated the person, aged in his early 40s, had died in hospital and that an unbiased inquiry was beneath manner.

The IOPC stated it’s “investigating contact” that Met law enforcement officials had with the person previous to him coming into the river.

It added: “We have been notified by the Metropolitan Police on Saturday and despatched investigators to the scene and to the police submit incident process to start our investigation.

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“Preliminary data signifies that officers have been responding to studies of a disturbance after they encountered the person on the bridge. Throughout the incident Taser was deployed.

“Investigators have secured police body-worn video footage and preliminary accounts have been obtained from the officers concerned. The Taser used has additionally been gathered and shall be analysed. Investigators have overseen forensic examination of the scene.”

IOPC director Steve Noonan stated: “We’ve spoken to the person’s household to precise our honest condolences and clarify our involvement. Our sympathies stay with them at this horrible time.

“Our unbiased investigation is beneath manner into the police actions on the bridge and we now have begun gathering and reviewing proof.”

On Saturday Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson of the Met’s Central West BCU stated: “I perceive that there are all the time considerations about incidents wherein folks come to hurt having been involved with police.

“All Met officers know that they’re accountable for his or her actions, and a full investigation is beneath technique to set up precisely what occurred.”

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