Family speak of shock after misconduct proceedings end over custody-linked death

The family of a mentally ill man who collapsed and died after being restrained in police custody have spoken of their shock that gross misconduct proceedings against four officers have been dismissed.

Ken and Alison Orchard said they were not surprised at the decision to end disciplinary hearings against two sergeants and two constables.

They hit out at Devon and Cornwall Police for its “incompetence, negligence and sloppy practices” in relation to the death of their son Thomas.

“Strangely, we are not surprised, and yet deeply shocked,” they said.

“Despite their being…
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