Stephen Cragg QC acts in inquest where police inadequate assessment of risk contributed to death

The two week inquest into the death of Ian Taylor, a 54 year-old Black British man from Brixton who died after suffering a cardiac arrest whilst being held by the Met Police concluded on 19 May.

A jury found that his death was caused by acute asthma and situational stress, alongside two underlying health conditions, with dehydration as a further contributing factor.  They also found that he died in part because the police’s assessment of the risks to Mr Taylor was not adequate.  The Coroner has announced he will be referring one of the officers involved to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for further investigation of his conduct.

Stephen Cragg QC acted for family members, instructed by Alice Hardy and Hayley Chapman of Hodge Jones and Allen

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