Statement re: IOPC decision to reopen investigation into death of Kevin Clarke
We are aware the Independent Office for Police Conduct has decided to reopen their investigation into the death of Kevin Clarke.
The Metropolitan Police Service will fully co-operate and the officers involved in this matter have been informed.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bas Javid said: “Mr Clarke’s death was a tragedy and, as a police service, we have acknowledged our failings and apologised. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Mr Clarke’s family and friends.
"The Metropolitan Police Service is a learning organisation and we always strive to learn and improve. We continually review our policies in line with national guidance around restraint as well as how we assist those in mental health crisis and are working with colleagues nationally to consider our training and guidance to officers in dealing with these kinds of fast paced and challenging incidents.
“It would be wrong to pre-empt the outcome of the IOPC investigation but if it recommends further ways in which we can improve our service these will be considered, in addition to any misconduct matters that may arise.”