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A watchdog has raised concern that police are not treating potential medical emergencies as “genuine” while arresting suspects.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is developing new national recommendations after an incident in London where a man was restrained over a parking violation.

It comes amid renewed debate over the use of force by British police, following Black Lives Matter protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in the US.
In footage that sparked outrage on social media, Youness Bentahar was pinned to the ground while shouting “my heart”.
His wife told Metropolitan Police officers they were “killing him” during the incident in Poplar in July 2019, but the restraint was not immediately stopped.

The IOPC said: “Mr Bentahar appeared to have a seizure, with evidence suggesting some of the officers were unsure it was genuine.

“However, this did not impact on the care he received, as a support team of other police officers

arrived quickly and provided medical treatment before handing him into the care of paramedics.”

Mr Bentahar had been driving his wife and young children when he parked, using a blue badge, on a single yellow line.

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