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Oladeji Omishore: Police watchdog facing legal action over ‘unlawful’ decision after man died following use of Taser | UK News


The family of a man who died after being Tasered on a London bridge is threatening legal action against the police watchdog.

Relatives of Oladeji Omishore, who passed away in Junetold Sky News that the decision by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) not to hold a criminal or misconduct investigation into his death was “wrong” and “illegal.” the law.”

A viral video showed Mr Omishore being Tasered several times during a confrontation with two policemen, before he jumped off the Chelsea Bridge.

The 41-year-old man later died in hospital.

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He was saved by the RNLI, but later died in the hospital.

At the time, a police press release incorrectly reported that Mr Omishore was armed with a screwdriver. It was later confirmed that the item was in fact a heating lamp.

His family wants a review of the IOPC’s decision, which they say they consider officers “witnesses” rather than subject to warnings.

According to Inquest, a charity that deals with state-related deaths in England and Wales, the officers involved are still “on active duty”.

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore is pulled from the Thames after being Tasered

The IOPC is investigating the incident.

However, they claim there is currently “no indication that any of the officers involved may have violated police professional standards or committed a criminal offence”.

Mr Omishore’s family disagreed, saying they found IOPC’s comments “deeply disturbing”.

They said Mr Omishore – whom they fondly nicknamed Deji – was among other blacks who had used “excessive force” against them.

His sister, Remi Omishore, told Sky News her brother had mental health issues around the time of the incident.

“It is barbaric what happened to my brother.

“It’s a modern form of electric shock. It should never have happened.

“He has a right to life. He has a right to life. There’s nothing we can do to bring him back.”

An IOPC spokesperson has said that, in any investigation, the watchdog “makes decisions based on available evidence”.

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‘Will they say this is a good cop?’

Mr. Omishore’s sister, Aisha Omishore, was less than impressed.

She told Sky News she thinks there is a “lack of accountability” in the way the IOPC conducts its investigations, adding to the irony – that the principles the organization seeks to apply “should be managing them instead”.

“IOPC has more evidence than we do,” she said, referring to the bodycam footage.

“My question to the IOPC would be, if they weren’t seeing professional misconduct, would they have told us that what they’re tracking is good cop?”

Ms Omishore claimed that footage circulating outside showed officers “failed to protect my brother and entrust him with the duty of care to which he owes. He was Tasered unarmed”. .

ALFRED OMISHORE AND AISHA OMISHORE Deji Omishore's family died after duty in London
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Alfred Omishore, Oladeji’s father, agrees with his daughter.

He said: “This is not the way for the police. What else does the evidence do [the IOPC] need? The video outside is overwhelming and convincing evidence.

“Treating officers as witnesses means ‘business as usual’.

“For us – it’s nonsense. It’s deeply insulting to the family.

“Deji is clearly in distress. All he needs is care and protection.

“There was no de-escalation effort by the police. They didn’t do any risk assessment. No plan, no communication.

“What he was given was torture. He was tortured.”

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The family’s legal action came after damned report published on mondaydetailing serious misconduct within the force.

The publication of Dame Louise Casey’s review of Met police culture concluded that the force must take a “zero tolerance” approach to misconduct and racism, and allow Violating officers are fired more easily.

Remi Omishore hopes the review will help their case – and that the new Met Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, will “dig into the root cause issues of what’s happening and get rid of it. at the root bad police officers are giving the Met a bad name”.

“Rowley has a job to ignite confidence. He needs to do the right thing,” she said.

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Her sister Aisha agrees – and says it’s all the police’s responsibility.

“The IOPC has an opportunity to prove to the public that they are fit for purpose,” she said.

“That they can be strong. Let’s obey the law. If not, it doesn’t make any sense, you know?”

A spokesperson for the IOPC has said that “behavioral issues are kept under ongoing review” and they are committed to keeping Mr Omishore’s family updated.

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