Rashan Charles death: Family urge peace

Families speak after the death of Rashan Charles

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Families speak at a vigil after the death of Rashan Charles

The family of a black man who died after being apprehended by police has appealed for peace after unrest broke out on the streets in the wake of his death.

Rashan Charles, 20, died in Dalston, east London, on 22 July.

On Friday, angry clashes broke out as protesters blocked part of Kingsland Road and set mattresses alight.

A spokesman for Mr Charles’s family said they understood the anger but called for “dignified” protest.

“Burning down homes will not give justice,” they added.

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Violence broke out in Kingsland Road during a protest over the death of Rashan Charles

Mr Charles was followed on foot by officers and was taken ill after trying to swallow an object, the Met previously said.

He died later in hospital. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Police warned that anyone using Mr Charles’s death “as an excuse to commit crime” would be “dealt with robustly”.

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Tributes were laid in memory of Mr Charles

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