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To: IOPC and Gwent Police
Justice for Moyied Bashir: Release the Bodycam and CCTV Footage
We, the undersigned, call on the IOPC and Gwent Police to release the complete bodycamera footage and the CCTV footage of Moyied Bashir's time in police custody on the 17/02/2021 until the time of his death to his family with immediate effect.
Why is this important?
Moyied Bashir, a 29 year old Welsh-Sudanese man, died in police custody on 17th February 2021. There are a number of suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
His parents called the police hoping for an escort to hospital after Moyied experienced ill mental health. His brother said at a demonstration on 18th February that 24 officers attended his house and put him under restraint, and the IOPC have said that nine officers attended the property. While under restraint by multiple officers, he died. He had been stabbed a few weeks ago, and as police officers restrained him, he bled out despite the family telling the police on many occasions about the severity of his wound.
There was no proper risk assessment, and we believe this lack of a risk assessment from Gwent Police has led to Moyied's death.
A leaked memo by the Metropolitan Police commented that while it does not routinely release footage, there are exceptions to this rule when not doing so will negatively damage community cohesion. We believe that transparency is important for fostering positive community cohesion, and Moyied's death has already seriously negatively effected and damaged community relations in Maesglas, Newport and across Wales.
As veteran activist Lee Jasper has pointed out re has been a long history of Black men suffering mental health crisis who have died after being forcibly restrained by police including Olsaeni Lewis, Sean Rigg and Kevin Clarke.
In 2021, you are 10.1x more likely to be stopped and searched by Gwent police if you are Black, and you are 6.5x more likely to go to prison if you are Black in Wales. Moyied should not have been restrained: Moyied should still be with us and with is family, and he is the second young Black man who has died following police contact in South Wales since the beginning of 2021.