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Family of Rashan Charles distance themselves from protest

The family of a man who died after being restrained by police have distanced themselves from a planned protest, according to friends.

CCTV footage shows Rashan Charles, 20, being held down on the floor of a shop in Hackney, east London.

Scotland Yard said he was seen 'trying to swallow an object' and later died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Campaign group Stand Up To Racism today called on supporters to demonstrate outside Stoke Newington police station.

But community leader and family friend Pauline Pearce said Mr Charles' family were appealing for calm.

'The parents, the family have requested we keep calm. There are many organisations out there that are jumping on a bandwagon, running and organising these police protests at the station. This is nothing to do with the family, it has no authorisation from the family.'

– PAULINE PEARCE, FAMILY FRIEND

"I understand the community want answers about what happened and no explanation can come quickly enough for a family in mourning... I understand you may have questions, however it is only the IPCC who should talk about their investigation. All police officers understand that they will be asked to account for their actions and they would not want it any other way.”

– SIMON LAURENCE, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT HACKNEY POLICE