INQUEST: Body camera footage released showing minutes before man’s death


Staffordshire Police have now released dramatic body camera footage filmed minutes before Adrian McDonald’s death.

The six minute clip shows Adrian before he was tasered and bitten, then being handcuffed and finally going into the back of the police van where he would later die after seven minutes inside.

At the beginning of the video he can clearly be heard shouting at officers who are trying to enter the room but after being tasered (not shown) it is clear how much his attitude changes.

Throughout the video he is repeatedly told to calm down by officers after his heavy breathing increases and becomes paranoid.

Police were called to Audley Road, Chesterton on 22nd December 2014, after receiving a 999-call reporting a man had barricaded himself into a flat causing the residents to flee in fear.

This information was later found to be false. The jury determined that the misinformation affected police decisions, responses and the level of force used.

Adrian McDonald placed in police van

Adrian McDonald was placed into the police van shortly after being arrested.

The inquest into the death of Adrian, 34, of Dalton, Huddersfield, a father of two, concluded when a jury decided he died from the ‘effects of cocaine and stress caused by the incident’ after being tasered and bitten by a police dog multiple times.

Gareth Morgan, Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, said: “My thoughts and condolences remain with Adrian McDonald’s family.

“His death is a tragedy and I do not underestimate the impact the lengthy investigation and inquest has had on them.

“I am also very aware of the impact that this investigation has had on the staff involved.

“The evidence and role officers played in the detention of Adrian has been thoroughly examined in this inquest.

“The jury concluded that the officers acted appropriately based on the information they received. Sadly, this information was false.

“This meant the officers did not have a true picture of the incident they were attending, but the jury found the force used was appropriate in the circumstances.

“As a police service we have already changed procedures and guidelines as a result of this tragedy.”

The footage has been released by police with the permission from Adrian’s family.

Below is the body camera footage released by Staffordshire Police. This footage may be distressing for some.


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