Socialist Worker

Why did Kwame die?

Issue No. 1816

A GHANAIAN man has died after being arrested by police and taken to Stoke Newington police station in Hackney, east London. Kwame Wirdue was a 23 year old student in Britain. Police picked him up at a Sainsbury's in Dalston on Friday of last week.

He asked for medical attention after being put in a cell. The police doctor pronounced him fit. Later on Kwame Wirdue again asked to see a doctor and police officers called an ambulance to take him to hospital. He died of cardiomyopathy, a heart condition. He did not show any symptoms of a weak heart before being arrested.

Families of those who have died in police custody are shocked at another tragedy.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Sat 7 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1816
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.