Rashan Charles death: Family urge peace

The family of a black man who died after being apprehended by police has appealed for peace after unrest broke out on the streets in the wake of his death.

Rashan Charles, 20, died in Dalston, east London, on 22 July.

On Friday, angry clashes broke out as protesters blocked part of Kingsland Road and set mattresses alight.

A spokesman for Mr Charles’s family said they understood the anger but called for “dignified” protest.

“Burning down homes will not give justice,” they added.

Mr Charles was pursued by officers and became ill after trying to swallow an object, the Met previously said.

He died later in hospital. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Police warned that anyone using Mr Charles’s death “as an excuse to commit crime” would be “dealt with robustly”.

Family spokesman Stafford Scott, who runs Tottenham Rights, said: “We understand your frustration, we understand your anger, don’t feel that the family doesn’t feel the anger and the frustration too.

“But what the family knows is taking it to the streets, doesn’t give you justice.

“Burning down your own homes, burning down your neighbourhood is not going to give you justice.”

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