Police face misconduct hearings after man died in cells
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 October 2017
Avon and Somerset police officers are facing misconduct hearings after a man died in custody.
David Fournier D’Albe, from Burnham-on-Sea was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in December 2014.
The 40-year-old was taken to the police cells in Bridgwater.
A police hearing into the conduct of PC Stephen Brawley, PC Ian Bartlett and PC Nick White got underway yesterday (Wednesday), as it is alleged Mr Fournier D’Albe hit his head when officers attempted to make him sit on a bench when he was confrontational.
It is alleged the officers were aware he was vomiting and apparently unconscious for some minutes, but did not inform anyone about the use of force or his head injury.
PS Ian Flower will face a further misconduct hearing on October 17 as he was the sergeant on duty in the custody suite at the time.
It is alleged he failed to supervise cell visits and kept inaccurate records.