No charges for Scottish police over Sheku Bayoh death in custody

Sheku Bayoh

source: The Guardian
published: 3 October 2018

Scotland’s chief prosecutor has decided not to charge any police officers over the death of Sheku Bayoh, a trainee gas engineer who died in custody three years ago.

Bayoh died while being subdued by a group of officers soon after 7am on Sunday 3 May 2015 in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The officers used CS gas, pepper spray, batons and leg and arm restraints as they arrested him.

James Wolffe, the lord advocate, formally told Bayoh’s family that he would not prosecute any of the officers involved during a private meeting at the Crown Office in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Speaking shortly after their meeting, Bayoh’s sister Kadijatu Johnson told reporters: “I have left this office very disappointed and disgusted. My brother Sheku has died and yet the police get to walk free. The justice system has failed us as a family as well as his two boys.”

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