Police criticised over death of former cage fighter

Jacob Michael - CCTV Footageoriginally by: The Guardian  
published: 26 October 2012

A coroner has criticised a police force after “serious deficiencies” in procedures were exposed by an inquest into the death of a former cage fighter who was pepper-sprayed by officers. Jacob Michael, 25, died by misadventure as a result of “cocaine induced excited delirium”, an inquest jury found.

But the jury also found that a catalogue of police failures may have contributed to his death.

Speaking after the inquest, Michael’s mother, Christine Michael, said she was disappointed by the verdict and said she still held the police responsible.

Cheshire police said lessons had been learnt and that a range of improvements had already been put into action.

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