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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.

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