A man has died after being molested by police after falling from Chelsea Bridge into the River Thames.
Officers were called to report that just after 9 a.m. on Saturday a man armed with a screwdriver was shouting at the spot.
The police watchdog IOPC said on Sunday that the man, aged 40, had died in the hospital and an independent investigation was being conducted.
Footage purportedly posted on social media of the incident shows a man in a confrontation with the police.
An officer fires a taser at him and he falls to the floor before attempting to get up. He is then molested a second time and a third time as he tries to pull himself off the road.
The man then gets back to his feet, running away from the authorities and hitting a barrier before falling into the Thames. An RNLI team was scrambled to save the man and he was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The Met Police confirmed that the man’s family has been notified of his death.
The IOPC said: “We are investigating whether Metropolitan Police officers had contact with a man at Chelsea Bridge yesterday morning (Saturday) before entering the River Thames. He was later rescued from the water and in critical condition.” He was taken to the hospital.The man, in his early 40s, tragically died in the hospital on Saturday evening.
“We were informed by the Metropolitan Police on Saturday and investigators were sent to the spot and police post incident procedure to initiate the investigation. Preliminary information indicated that officers were responding to reports of a disturbance when they encountered the man on the bridge. Tasar was deployed during the incident.
“Investigators have secured video footage of police wearing them on their bodies and have obtained preliminary accounts from the officers involved. The Taser used has also been collected and will be analysed. Investigators have conducted a forensic examination of the spot.”
Frontline Policing’s Met Commander Alexis Boon said: “My condolences are with the man’s family at this difficult time. I express my deepest condolences to him for his sad loss.
“Officers go to work every day to keep the public safe, and so any incident in which someone causes harm after coming into contact with the police is understandable.
“Our officers face some of the most challenging and difficult situations every day, in doing so they are acutely aware that their actions must be subject to public scrutiny.
“The Directorate of Occupational Standards for Weather made an immediate referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following this tragic incident, and we will cooperate fully with them as they work to understand the full circumstances.”