Edir Frederico Da Costa, 25, died six days after the incident (Picture: PA/GoFundMe)A young father died after after a plastic bag full of drugs got stuck in his airway while police pinned him face down on the floor.
Edir Frederico Da Costa, 25, died almost a week he was stopped by officers in June 2017, having stuffed around 88 wraps of class A drugs in his mouth.
Jurors concluded after an inquest lasting almost five weeks that the death caused by ‘misadventure’ after his upper airway became obstructed and led to cardiorespiratory arrest.
The 11-member panel were advised by senior coroner Nadia Persaud there was no legal or factual basis for a conclusion which was critical of the police.
The death led to riots on the streets of London following claims he had been ‘brutally beaten’ by police.
Campaigners faced off with police following Mr Da Costa’s death in Beckton, east London (Picture: PA)But an Independent Police Complaints Commission report said there were no injuries suggesting severe force had been used.
Mr Da Costa died six days after the car he was travelling in with Jussara Gomes and Claude Greenaway was pulled over by five plain-clothed police officers in Beckton, east London.
Man, 42, dies and boy, 13, fighting for life after horror crash in ManchesterThe car trader – who had a number of convictions for burglary, theft, and possession of cocaine – was being restrained in the prone position when around 20 to 30 wraps were spotted on the ground near his mouth, the jury said.
The deceased – known to family and friends as Edson – became unresponsive, was placed in the recovery position and paramedics removed a plastic bag containing wraps of drugs from his airway.
He died in Newham University Hospital on June 21 after a period in intensive care.
He had put 88 wraps of drugs in his mouth at some point during the incident (Picture: GoFundMe)Mr Da Costa, who was born in Portugal but moved with his family to London aged five, had placed 88 wraps of class A drugs in his mouth at some point before or after getting out of the car, the jury said.
They acknowledged the ambulance service had initially been given the wrong address by police but said the delay had not contributed to his death.
Lidl security guard filmed punching and stamping on shopperMr Da Costa’s father Ginario Da Costa said it had been difficult to listen to some of the evidence at the inquest.
Following the jury’s findings, he said in a statement: ‘To hear the detail of the last moments of Edir’s life has been an extremely traumatic experience for the whole family and is something we will never be able to erase from our minds.’
He said questions remain for the family over the circumstances of his son’s death.
Protesters square up with police in the aftermath of Mr Da Costa’s death (Picture: PA)He added: ‘We cannot help but wonder whether Edir would still be here had the police identified the risk of Edir choking earlier and taken steps to help him.
‘Edir did not deserve to die in the way that he did and we will forever feel that if things had been done differently his life may have been saved.’
Susie Labinjoh, head of civil liberties at Hodge & Allen, the law firm representing the family, said the inquest revealed a ‘series of concerns’ about how police treat people suspected of putting drugs in their mouths.
She said: ‘Officers should be taught not to assume that a person is resisting arrest when there is a risk that they are struggling because their breathing has been restricted.’
Ms Labinjoh suggested more police training on choking risks was needed and said there are ‘serious issues’ around correct information being passed from the police control room to the ambulance service.