An officer will face gross misconduct proceedings after a student he restrained alongside members of the public died on a Coventry driveway.
Abdul Hamid, 26, was pronounced dead in Broad Lane after he was detained by passers-by and on-duty West Midlands Police officer, PC Harmesh Loi, on May 1 last year.
The South & City College student had allegedly fled the scene of a two-car crash before he was ‘chased’ by the public, restrained by them and then handcuffed by the officer, an inquest heard.
However, the Coventry Crown Court inquest found no criticism of those involved and Mr Hamid’s death was recorded as a narrative verdict as it concluded.
An inquest record from that hearing said: “”We conclude that Mr Hamid’s cause of death was due to a chain of events that occurred following the RTC.
“His diagnosis coronary artery atheroma combined with cocaine toxicity creating an adverse stress response in physiologically and psychologically leading to his death.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has recommended gross misconduct proceedings be held in respect of PC Loi’s conduct.
West Midlands Police said the hearing would centre around the officer’s “decision-making around checking on Mr Hamid’s welfare”, rather than the manner in which he was restrained.
“We note the findings of the inquest jury and offer our sympathies to the family of Mr Hamid,” a spokesman for the force said.
“The Independent Office for Police Conduct has instructed us to commence misconduct proceedings in relation to one of our officers.
“The IOPC found no case to answer in relation to the manner in which the officer had restrained Mr Hamid, but concluded that the officer has a case to answer for gross misconduct in respect of his decision-making around checking on Mr Hamid’s welfare.
“Those proceedings will be held in due course.”
Speaking after the verdict, Abdul’s family said the inquest allowed them to obtain ‘some answers’, but they were still ‘horrified’ it was ‘allowed to happen’.
They said: “Whilst nothing will ever bring Abdul back, we have been able to obtain some answers.
“Our views as to the truth of what happened to Abdul have become clearer as a result of hearing all of the evidence at the inquest.
“We remain horrified that such a thing could ever be allowed to happen.
“It is important to us as a family, and indeed the wider public, that those who had a role to play in Abdul’s death are brought to justice.”