Black man dies under police restraint

by #Justice4MouayedBashir

Black man dies under police restraint

by #Justice4MouayedBashir
#Justice4MouayedBashir
Case Owner
Mouayed Bashir, a 29-year old black man needed help. Police arrived but restrained him, and he died. We want to find out how he died, and why Gwent Police behaved like this. Then we will take action.
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Mouayed Bashir, a 29-year old black man needed help. Police arrived but restrained him, and he died. We want to find out how he died, and why Gwent Police behaved like this. Then we will take action.
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How did Mouayed die?

On 17 February 2021, Mouayed Bashir, a 29-year old Sudanese man died after being forcibly restrained by Gwent Police at his home in Newport, South Wales.

Police arrived at Mouayed’s home after his parents called 999 when he began to experience a mental health crisis. Several vehicles and a large number of police officers attended the property. 

Although not under arrest, he was placed in handcuffs and leg restraints, and subsequently died.

He had been a victim of a stabbing a few weeks earlier, and during his restraint he lay with police officers on top of him. All attempts to revive him in hospital failed.

Mouayed had long been battling for his mental health. His stabbing and the medication he received for that had added to his stress. His parents wanted him to return to hospital and had been advised to request an escort as he would not leave his room.

Mouayed was in desperate need of care.

Instead, he was forced to the ground and restrained. This was no way to treat an ill man who had recently suffered the trauma of a severe stabbing. There appears to have been no risk assessment, nor was any account taken of his wound. No duty of care was extended to this black man.

The legal case

This case has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Complaints, who will look at police behaviour toward Mouayed. The family have instructed Virgo Consultancy Services Ltd to independently uncover the facts as to what caused his death under police restraint.

What we are trying to achieve

Mouayed’s family and the wider community want honest and transparent answers as to why Gwent Police behaved as they did and how Mouayed died.

Given the long history of black men suffering a mental health crisis who have died after being forcibly restrained by police, we need to ensure that the IOPC investigation is subjected to independent legal scrutiny, which can only be achieved by engaging the services of independent expert witnesses.

The IOPC has a poor record in addressing the concerns of black families. The IOPC must immediately release all records and police bodycam videos to Mouayed’s family with immediate effect.

How much we want to raise and why

In the first instance, we need to raise £5,000 on this platform to independently uncover and challenge the facts behind Mouayed’s death. Further funds may be needed.

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