400 expected for East London funeral of man who died in police custody
Hundreds of mourners and supporters are expected to turn up this-morning for the funeral in London’s East End of a man who died in police custody—handcuffed to a hospital trolley.
The family of 38-year-old Michael Sweeney are expecting 400 people from all over Essex and East London when the funeral procession sets off from his home at Talwin Street in Bromley-by-Bow at 10.30am.
His body was released on Friday—four weeks after he was arrested by officers who were called to Bethnal Green’s Approach Tavern on April 18.
“I’ve received his medical report which says he was brought into the A&E and was handcuffed to a trolley,” his niece Lisa Bishop told the East London Advertiser.
“He was held face down on a bed with seven officers laying over him.
You may also want to watch:
“Michael had to be resuscitated—but died in hospital in police custody.”
The family are demanding an inquiry into his “heavy handed” treatment at the Royal London that night.
- 1 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 2 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 3 Two in five people in Tower Hamlets may have had Covid-19
- 4 Post deliveries in east London hit by Covid crisis among Royal Mail staff
- 5 Drug and alcohol abuse by Tower Hamlets parents and children soars
- 6 'I can save the planet with my seaweed' scientist in east London claims
- 7 Disgraceful management of the pandemic
- 8 Leyton Orient sign Dan Kemp on a permanent deal from West Ham United
- 9 Leyton Orient boss Embleton expecting more movement in the transfer window
- 10 Leyton Orient seal late victory over Morecambe
“People in the pub said he was stressed out,” Lisa added. “But pub staff told us he had calmed down before the police arrived.
“Police were very heavy handed. They handcuffed him laying face down.”
She described Michael as fit, who ran the London Marathon twice, regularly jogged in Victoria Park, didn’t smoke and had never been ill.