Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Face Inquiry over Death of Dad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Face Inquiry over Death of Dad

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THREE police officers are to face a criminal investigation over the death of a dad-of-four as he was arrested outside his home.

Andre Moura, 30, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace following a domestic disturbance on July 6 in Oldham. Greater Manchester Police said officers used CS spray to restrain Mr Moura outside his house before he was taken to Ashtonunder-Lyne police station.

The force said that 'on arrival' at the station, Mr Moura was 'found unresponsive in the back of the police van'.

He was then taken to Tameside hospital, where he was declared dead at 1.30am.

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests, including a toxicology report, are being carried out to determine the cause of Mr Moura's death.

The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an investigation and all 10 police constables who attended the scene have been placed on restricted duties.

The IOPC confirmed three of those officers have been given notice they are under criminal investigation, while seven others have been told that there is an early indication that their behaviour could amount to gross misconduct.

No officers have been arrested and they will be interviewed in due course.

Among the evidence being examined is mobile phone footage obtained by the Manchester Evening News.

In it, Mr Moura can be heard screaming and telling officers they had 'hurt' him.

One of Mr Moura's neighbours, who shot the video, is heard asking police: "Is he alright? "You just kneed him about... several times [sic]."

An officer replies: "Yeah, I know pal."

The resident, Barry Lee Martin, is then heard saying: "It was a little excessive him kneeing him then."

An officer replies: "Yeah, you stood here scrapping with him? No. Go back in your house, pal."

Earlier in the video, an officer can be heard shouting: "Put your hands behind your back. …

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