Updated on 08/05/2022 at 2:04 p.m.
- The death of a 27-year-old man of German-British nationality in the south of England raises many questions about the work of the police.
- At the end of April, Arthur H.-E. hit by a police car and injured.
- Instead of helping the man, the police reportedly tried to handcuff him. Shortly after, he died.
- The police officer concerned is the subject of an internal investigation, but he has not been arrested.
After the death of a 27-year-old man who was hit by a police car in Peacehaven, southern England, a enforcement authority has opened investigations into the police officer driving. Sussex Police and the relevant supervisory authority announced on Friday evening that the person was being investigated for dangerous driving and gross misconduct.
The 27-year-old man, who, according to our editorial staff, had dual German-British nationality, was hit by an unmarked police car late in the evening of April 30 and died of his injuries on the scene of the accident.
Police lead victims – handcuffs instead of first aid
According to British media, video recordings of bystanders are fueling speculation that the police did not help him and even wanted to handcuff him.
According to the English “Times” Arthur H.-E. driving a friend’s car, a blue Audi with no insurance, to a nearby burger joint, but without a driver’s license.
Sussex Police say the young man was in a car before – and left it after another police car followed him.
Victim’s brother sees parallels with George Floyd
Arthur’s brother, Karl H.-E., also a German-British citizen, sees parallels with the case of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African American died during an arrest on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis. Videos showed officers pinning the unarmed man to the ground.
Police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for a good nine minutes as Floyd begged him to breathe. According to the autopsy, Floyd lost consciousness and died shortly thereafter.
“After Arthur was hit by the police and shot, they didn’t try to help him. They knelt on top of him, pushed his legs down and tried to fix him,” the brother comments. on the videos posted on social networks circulating about the incident.
“The photos are there. They had the opportunity to save his life, but they did nothing. It was only when it was too late, when he was already dead, that they tried to revive him. How bad is that?” the angry brother quoted the “Times”.
Jens H., the victim’s German father, is a professor at Bournemouth University, the family have threatened to sue Sussex Police and are also demanding an official apology. Mother Karin E., also German, died three years ago.
Arthur lived with his partner and their two children. On the afternoon of the anniversary of his death, Arthur was still playing in the park with the children.
Police inspection: No evidence of attempted handcuffing
There is speculation the victim was handcuffed after the collision, the regulator’s regional manager Graham Beesley said, according to Friday’s announcement. “In the police video footage that has been assessed so far, we see no evidence of this.” In addition, large amounts of video material would be viewed. You are also in contact with the victim’s family and agree to carry out a full investigation into the incident.
The police officer concerned has not yet been arrested, he said. At the end of the investigations of the supervisory authority, it will be decided whether the file will be transmitted to the law enforcement authority. According to Sussex Police, the officer should initially only be able to perform limited tasks.
According to the BBC, around 100 people gathered and demonstrated near Lewes on Saturday afternoon. Karl H.-E., the brother of the victim, criticized the fact that the person responsible had not yet been arrested or suspended.
- Conversations with family members
- The Times website
- dpa agency material