Watchdog probes death of man, 37, who became unwell after being put in handcuffs and leg restraints by police officers
- Barry Morris was taken to hospital in St Helens after being detained by police
A watchdog is probing the death of a 37-year-old man who became unwell after being detained by police.
Barry Morris, 37, became unwell after being put in handcuffs and leg restraints by Merseyside Police officers, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.
Mr Morris was taken to Whiston Hospital, St Helens, by paramedics and died two days later on August 22.
Merseyside Police said Mr Morris was detained following a concern for welfare call to Gartons Lane, St Helens, on August 20.
On arrival, the IOPC said, the officers restrained Mr Morris because he appeared agitated.
Merseyside Police said Mr Morris was detained following a concern for welfare call to Gartons Lane (pictured), St Helens, on August 20
IOPC investigators are following up on initial lines of enquiry, obtaining initial accounts and body worn footage and checking for available CCTV.
As is mandatory, Merseyside Police referred themselves to the IOPC because Mr Morris was in contact with officers prior to falling ill.
IOPC regional director Catherine Bates said: ‘Our thoughts are with Mr Morris’s family and friends and all those affected by his death.
‘Given Mr Morris fell unwell after being detained and died, it is important that an independent investigation is carried out to establish all of the circumstances surrounding this incident, including the actions and decision-making of officers.
‘We have been in touch with Mr Morris’s family to explain our role and the remit of our investigation. We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this difficult time.
‘As our investigation continues to progress, I would like to reassure everyone that we are focused on establishing precisely what happened in the run up to the tragic death.
‘Our work will remain impartial and completely independent of the police.’
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