Restraining Police Restraint

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We hear too often about sudden death in adults following prolonged and often unnecessary police restraint. What do people know about the dangers of restraint and how widespread is our understanding of such deaths? 

This talk by Professor Leslie Thomas QC, with a panel of distinguished guests including Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST, and Dr Nat Cary, a forensic pathologist, explores the legal implications facing the state and what steps can be taken and implemented to save more lives and have safer policing.  

Do these deaths disproportionately affect African Caribbean men given recent BAME stop and search statistics?

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Professor Leslie Thomas KC

Professor Leslie Thomas KC

Professor of Law

Professor Leslie Thomas KC was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in 2020 and is one of the top rated silks in the country, ranked leading individual by both Chambers and the Legal 500 (2022). He was made a QC in 2014.

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Deborah Coles

Deborah is the executive director of leading human rights charity INQUEST. She has a long track record of championing social justice and equality issues.

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Dr Nat Cary

Dr Cary has been a Home Office Registered Consultant Forensic Pathologist for 28 years and currently practises as a full-time Consultant Forensic Pathologist within a practice of seven partners.

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