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Sister of Sheku Bayoh to hold vigil as police custody death probe continues

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The sister of a man who died after being restrained by police officers in Fife will lead a vigil as the second part of the inquiry into his death begins.Sheku Bayoh died after he was restrained on the ground by six police officers in 2015 in Kirkcaldy, and the inquiry investigating the circumstances after his death and whether race was a factor will continue before Lord Bracadale in Edinburgh on Tuesday.Kadi Johnson, the father-of-two’s sister, will lead a vigil outside the inquiry’s Capital House building before the second phase begins, with protesters set to also hear from other speakers including STUC general secretary Rozanne Foyer and Lena Wanggren of the UCU.Mr Bayoh, a trainee gas engineer, was born in Sierra Leone and moved to the country when he was 12 – after living in London for five years he then moved to Scotland.The inquiry has previously heard from the officers involved in the restraint of Mr Bayoh in Hayfield Road, as well as witnesses to the events on May 3, and others connected with the incident including control room staff and other emergency service workers.On the day he died, police received reports a man had been wandering the streets of the Scottish town with a kitchen knife, where he was attacking passing vehicles and acting erratically.By the time officers attended, Mr Bayoh no longer had the knife, and was not being aggressive towards the police, the inquiry previously heard.But shortly after arriving at the scene, and after ignoring their commands to get down on the ground, incapacitant spray had been deployed and he was being held face down by officers for minutes before he fell unconscious and an ambulance called for him.He was pronounced dead by medics shortly after at the town’s Victoria

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