Video Shows Police Brutally Restraining Schizophrenic Churchgoer

Seven police officers manhandled Thomas Orchard before putting him in handcuffs, leg restraints and a facemask that led to his death.

Despite all the promises and initiatives, the plague of police brutality seems to getting worse by each passing day all across the world — and this recently released video is a concrete proof of that.

A United Kingdom court just released the CCTV footage of a man with mental health problems who allegedly died at the hands of police and detention officers. The new evidence shows 32-year-old churchgoer Thomas Orchard, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, being bound in handcuffs and leg restraints before being left motionless on a thin mattress in a cell.

The victim also had an “emergency response belt” put across his mouth and nose, which cut off his oxygen and sent him into a cardiac arrest. Orchard died a week later in hospital from brain damage and asphyxia, according to the reports.

The shocking event took place at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter, Devon, in October 2012.

Orchard was reportedly arrested for disorderly public conduct. Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, Civilian Detention Officer Simon Tansley and Officer Michael Marsden have been charged with manslaughter in his murder case, but all three of the suspects have denied the allegations against them.

However, with the trial still underway, this recently released footage (posted above) might shake things up a little.

Banner / Thumbnail : Reuters

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