INQUEST response to death of Sheku Bayoh
14 May 2015
Sheku Bayoh 31 died after being detained by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife on May 3. Today his relatives have said they are seeking the truth about what happened to him.
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST, who is advising the family's lawyer, said:
"This is a very disturbing death that requires the most robust independent investigation and far reaching scrutiny. INQUEST has worked on far too many cases of young black men who have died following the use of restraint by police officers. It is vital that the police are properly held to account and the full facts are established. Unless the investigation and legal process is seen to deliver the truth, family and public trust and confidence will be undermined. "
‘My congratulations to all involved in this 30 year battle for disclosure [of the Cass report on the death of Blair Peach] … it was this awful state of affairs which led those of us who founded INQUEST to set it up. But it is mind-boggling to think that we were still arguing over this report 30 years later.’
– Terry Munyard, barrister at Garden Court Chambers and founding member of INQUEST