How and why did Sheku Bayoh die?

Sheku Bayoh, a 31-year-old local man, originally from Sierra Leone and a father of two, died in police custody in Kirkcaldy on 3 May.

The circumstances of his death –  he was clamped in leg shackles and handcuffs when taken unconscious to hospital, until medics insisted these restraints be removed – have caused outrage, as has the way that he and his family have been treated by the local police, the Scottish Police Federation and a seemingly indifferent Scottish government.

Hundreds gathered outside Kirkcaldy police station on the day of his funeral for two minutes’ silence. Many want to know the truth. What is not disputed is that Bayoh was left unconscious after a pavement encounter with at first four, and then a further five, police officers, who used batons, CS gas and pepper spray, responding to reports that he had a knife.

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