It is laughable that Ms Gardner's relatives were initially informed that she had died from renal failure. Restraining techniques that constrict the airway would put the person at high risk of brain hypoxia and death. The onset of hypoxia is marked by an acute confusion, which may have been mistaken as further resistance to arrest. Paul Condon (the Metropolitan Police Commissioner) has rightly acted decisively, and if the Government does not do likewise with a full public inquiry, it will have no right to lecture other countries on human rights.
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