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Police are condemned by family of man who died after being Tasered: Relatives say ‘vulnerable’ victim was ‘clearly suffering mental health crisis’ as they call on Met to be held accountable after it emerged he was armed with firelighter
- The family of Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, said he was ‘funny and caring’
- Mr Omishore’s relatives said they had raised several concerns with the Met
- A watchdog confirmed Mr Omishore was tasered by police more than once
- He died after jumping off Chelsea Bridge into the Thames during the incident
Relatives of a man who died after jumping from a bridge having been tasered by police said they are ‘deeply distressed’ by the events that led to his death.
The family of Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, were reacting to a report from a police watchdog that said he was holding a lighter at the time, and not a screwdriver as previously thought.
They added said he had been having a mental health crisis when confronted by officers on Chelsea Bridge on June 4.
Investigators from police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed on Tuesday that he had been tasered more than once after two officers were called to reports of him holding a screwdriver and shouting on Chelsea Bridge.
The watchdog has now confirmed Mr Omishore was holding a plastic firelighter during the incident.
Mr Omishore’s family has now called for the watchdog to investigate the incorrect reports that he had been holding a screwdriver, and why it took several days for the IOPC to set the record straight.
Relatives said Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, – known as Deji – was ‘clearly sufferring from a mental health crisis’ during the incident that led to his death when he jumped into the Thames
Mr Omishore (centre) was confronted by police on June 4 and tasered multiple times
The 41 year-old, from Pimlico, was confronted by officers on the bridge before jumping into the Thames. He was pulled out of the water but later died
The charity Inquest said that Mr Omishore’s family ‘have urged the IOPC to include the release of misinformation about the screwdriver/cigarette lighter’ in their investigation.
Mr Omishore’s relatives released a statement through Inquest, remembering him and raising concerns about how police handled the incident.
The family said: ‘Deji was a beloved son, brother, friend who was creative, musically gifted and talented. Not only was he caring and funny, he also had a great appreciation for arts, nature and his local neighbourhood.
‘We are deeply distressed by the events leading up to Oladeji’s death and are engaging fully in the IOPC investigation to seek answers. We welcome the long overdue correction that all Oladeji had in his possession at the time was a lighter.’
‘Deji was clearly suffering from a mental health crisis and he was vulnerable and frightened. We have set out our concerns to the IOPC about how the officers communicated with him, their repeated use of force on him, and its impact.
Mr Omishore’s family also said they were concerned the officers involved in the incident were still on duty. They added they hoped ‘The IOPC investigation, and ultimately the inquest, will hold the Metropolitan Police accountable for their actions.’