Improving police accountability
Help us take legal action against the IOPC Fund in an effort to demanding that the IOPC properly apply its own low “threshold test” in this case and in all future deaths and serious injuries at the hands of the police.
We want the IOPC Fund to open disciplinary and criminal investigations into police officers more regularly as soon as it starts working on serious cases like this. This should lead to better police accountability and increased confidence in the IOPC Fund in the way it investigates cases of death or serious injury.
Who are we? We are Oladeji Omishore’s family, made up of his parents, siblings and extended family.
On June 4, 2022, our beloved Oladeji, affectionately known as Deji, tragically passed away following contact with two Metropolitan Police officers on Chelsea Bridge.
Deji was known to his family as kind, fun, talented, and musically gifted. Yet on June 4, during an alleged mental health crisis, wearing a t-shirt and shorts and holding only his plastic lighter, he was repeatedly tasered by a Met officer and he then fell into the Thames from the bridge, upon his death. Most of the incident was filmed by a driver stopping on the bridge, and the footage was shared widely on social media.
Deji was only a few minutes walk from his home and appears to have been vulnerable and scared. We believe that the two MET officers who confronted him used repeated, excessive and unnecessary force. We want these officers to explain why they did not use their training to defuse the situation, instead of taking the action that led to his tragic death.
Summary – We wish to bring an action for judicial review against the IOPC Fund for their persistent decisions to treat the two officers as witnesses to the investigation and not as subjects of the investigation, and not to characterize the investigation as conduct or criminal investigation.
Call to action – We are raising funds to pay the legal costs of pursuing this judicial review, which aims to achieve an effective investigation and proper accountability for the needless loss of an innocent soul.
Your kind donations will support our essential work to promote the protection of all individual human rights, now and in the future, as the IOPC Fund is required to use its investigative powers appropriately in this and other cases.
All donations will be administered by our legal team. We are represented by attorneys Hickman and Rose and Nick Armstrong of Matrix Chambers.
What do we want to achieve? – The quashing of what we believe is an illegal and irrational decision by the IOPC Fund to treat the two Met police officers as witnesses rather than branding the investigation a conduct or criminal investigation. This is important to ensure an effective and properly protected investigation from the outset and not, as sometimes happens, an investigation that comes too late. It seems clear to us that the low threshold for an investigation into the conduct set out in the guidelines published by the IOPC Fund is met in this case (the criterion is when there is an “indication” that the officers may have (a) committed a criminal offense or (b) behaved in a manner that would warrant disciplinary proceedings, or that there may have been a violation of Deji’s rights under Articles 2 or 3 of the European Convention). We believe that without a strong and fearless criminal conduct/investigation, and a good understanding of what happened and the lessons learned, there is a real risk that a death like Deji’s will happen again.
What’s the next step in the case? – We are already pursuing the pre-action stage of this legal challenge by serving a pre-claim letter on the IOPC Fund, requesting their response within 14 days. Once we have received their response, unless the IOPC Fund changes its approach to this investigation, we will take the matter to the High Court by issuing an application for judicial review.
How much do we collect and why? Our fundraising target is currently £10,000 which will cover the application and authorization stage. If the case goes to trial, we will change the target. Any unused funds will be handled in accordance with Crowd Justice’s Unused Funds Policy.
If we get permission to continue with the challenge, we can apply for a “Cost Cap Order” to try to ensure that any adverse cost exposure does not exceed the money we can collect. If we are unable to raise sufficient funds to meet a cost cap order, it is likely that we will be forced to terminate the claim.
On behalf of the Omishore family, thank you.