Family’s outrage at officers’ reinstatement

The family of a black man with mental health problems who died
after being restrained by police say they are “bitterly
disappointed” by a decision to reinstate the officers accused
of unlawful killing, writes Maria Ahmed.
Seven police officers were suspended following the inquest into the
death of Roger Sylvester, who suffered from manic depression,
following his arrest in London in 1999.

A High Court judge overturned the verdict of unlawful killing
after a judicial review on behalf of the officers last week.

Ben Renwick, the brother of Roger Sylvester, said: “This
decision has yet again caused deep anguish and distress to the
whole family. Roger would not be dead if these police officers had
not laid hands on him.”


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