London man who died after being shot with Taser was holding firelighter

A man who died after falling into the River Thames following a confrontation with police who repeatedly fired a Taser at him was carrying a firelighter, and not a screwdriver as previously claimed, el perro guardián de la policía ha dicho.

The man came face to face with police who were called to reports of a disturbance on Chelsea Bridge, Londres, just after 9am on 4 junio.

In the immediate aftermath, la Metropolitan police said their officers had been called to reports of a man shouting and clutching a screwdriver.

The next day, a Met press statement issued, after the man had died following being pulled out of the water, dicho: “Police were called at 09:03hrs on Saturday, 4 June to a report of a disturbance in Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1. It was reported that a man was armed with a screwdriver and shouting at the location.”

After his death the Independent Office for Police Conduct began an investigation.

The man who died, Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, lived near Chelsea Bridge.

On Tuesday the IOPC said: “We have confirmed Mr Omishore was holding a plastic and metal firelighter when he was approached by two officers on Chelsea Bridge.

“The initial report to police stated he had a screwdriver. A Taser was discharged by one of the officers prior to the man entering the river. It has been confirmed the Taser was discharged more than once.”

Video from a phone camera circulated on social media, showed some of the scene, in which the man came face to face with police, and then after the Taser is fired at him, jumping into water below the bridge.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Omishore’s family and all of those affected by his death. We continue to liaise with his family and to keep them updated on the progress of our independent investigation.

“Our investigators continue to gather and analyse key evidence, including footage recorded at the scene and initial accounts from officers and members of the public.

“We would urge anyone else who may have witnessed or recorded any part of the incident, either on the bridge or after Mr Omishore entered the river, to get in touch with us without delay. It is important we understand all of the circumstances surrounding his death.”

In a statement earlier this month, Omishore’s family condemned disinformation about the incident and said: “We believe that disinformation may already have been published, and ask that members of the public and press do not pre-empt the conclusions of the investigations which are now under way. We encourage anyone who has information about the incident on 4 junio 2022 to contact the IOPC.”

The IOPC continues to appeal for witnesses to the incident.

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