Police watchdog investigating Met after death of man in custody – South London News

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the death of a man in police custody in Hammersmith last month.

Daniel Cooper, aged 40, was arrested in Shepherd’s Bush by Met officers in the afternoon of Wednesday July 12. He was taken to the custody suite at Hammersmith and Fulham police station.

Mr Cooper was then charged with an offence and refused bail.

On July 14, an officer found him unresponsive in his police cell at around 6.45am. First aid was provided and an ambulance was called.

Mr Cooper was taken to hospital where he sadly died shortly afterwards.

After being notified by the Met, the IOPC said it sent investigators to the custody centre and to the police post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.

A post-mortem examination took place three weeks ago and further results. are yet to be confirmed.

IOPC director Amanda Rowe said: “Our thoughts are with Daniel Cooper’s family and friends and all those affected by this incident.

“We have met with his family to explain our role and will keep them updated throughout the investigation.

“Whenever a person dies while in police custody, it’s important that an independent investigation is carried out to establish all of the circumstances surrounding this incident, including the actions and decision-making of the relevant police officers and police staff.

“All police officers and staff are currently being treated as witnesses.”

The IOPC said investigators have secured CCTV from the custody centre and from the street where Mr Cooper was arrested. They are currently reviewing footage along with officers’ body-worn video.

An inquest will be opened at 9am on Wednesday at West London Coroner’s Court.

(Picture: The Met)

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