On 17 February 2021, Mouayed Bashir, a 29-year old Sudanese man died after being forcibly restrained by Gwent Police at his home in Newport, South Wales.
Police arrived at Mouayed’s home after his parents called 999 when he began to experience a mental health crisis. Several vehicles and a large number of police officers attended the property.
Although not under arrest, he was placed in handcuffs and leg restraints, and subsequently died.
He had been a victim of a stabbing a few weeks earlier, and during his restraint he lay with police officers on top of him. All attempts to revive him in hospital failed.
Mouayed had long been battling for his mental health. His stabbing and the medication he received for that had added to his stress. His parents wanted him to return to hospital and had been advised to request an escort as he would not leave his room.
Mouayed was in desperate need of care.
Instead, he was forced to the ground and restrained. This was no way to treat an ill manwho had recently suffered the trauma of a severe stabbing. There appears to have been no risk assessment, nor was any account taken of his wound. No duty of care was extended to this black man.
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