Five Greater Manchester Police officers could face criminal charges after the death of a man they arrested in Oldham.
The case of the five constables has been referred by police watchdog the IOPC to the Crown Prosecution Service, following the death of 30 year-old Portuguese man Andre Moura.
The five officers attended the scene of Mr Moura’s arrest in the early hours of Saturday July 7, 2018. One officer has been referred for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and misconduct in public office, and the four others for misconduct in public office.
Mr Moura was arrested after GMP responded to reports of a domestic incident in Lime Side, near Oldham. After his arrest, Mr Moura was taken via police van to Ashton-under-Lyne police station where he was found to be unresponsive. He was then taken to Tameside Hospital, where it was confirmed he had died.
An inquest will decide the cause of his death after a post mortem and further tests proved inconclusive..
The IOPC say since the start of the investigation they have analysed CCTV, police officer body worn video, and mobile phone footage of the incident. They have also conducted house to house enquiries and taken statements from independent witnesses. Ten officers in total were interviewed.
IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe said: “As ever, our thoughts remain with Mr Moura’s family and friends and everyone affected by this sad incident. We continue to keep his family informed of the progress of our investigation and we thank them and all those involved in the investigation for their patience and understanding.
“We concluded our investigation very recently and I have decided that the actions of five officers should be referred to the CPS. We have a responsibility to refer any case to the CPS where there is an indication that a criminal offence may have been committed. The CPS will decide whether to prosecute any of the officers referred.
“This is a very serious and sensitive case involving a large number of officers, and a huge amount of evidence which has required rigorous investigation. The complexity of the investigation meant that we also needed to commission two expert reports to assist us, and inevitably that has added to the length of our investigation.”