Police pepper-sprayed an innocent man suffering an epileptic seizure and bundled him into a van without realising he was having a heart attack from which he never recovered, according to his devastated family.
The 32-year-old, whose relatives wish to remain anonymous, is believed to have had cardiac arrest in the van and fell into a coma before dying two days later in hospital.
Police attempted to revive the man when they realised he was unconscious.
The man’s father, who did not want to be named, said his son had been spending his evening with his girlfriend and friends on Saturday in Haywards Heath, Sussex.
When he fell into a complex partial seizure, a neighbour mistook his shouting for an argument and called the police.