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Man detained at koban suddenly collapses and dies

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A man in his 50s, who was detained at a koban (police box) in Ota Ward, Tokyo, suddenly collapsed and died, police said Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6 a.m. Saturday at the koban at the west exit of Kamata Station. Fuji TV reported that the man was apparently drunk and lay down to sleep on the street when three police officers picked him up and took him to the koban.

The man started yelling at the police not to touch him and resisted, but the officers forced him down on his knees, and held him by the shoulders and arms to restrain him. About 10 minutes later, he collapsed and became unconscious.

Police tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later

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The man started yelling at the police not to touch him and resisted, but the officers forced him down on his knees, and held him by the shoulders and arms to restrain him. About 10 minutes later, he collapsed and became unconscious.

I wonder if there is something more to this story and this particular encounter...

We'll just have to wait and see.

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Is it a "crime" to be drunk ?

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The police got some 'splainin' to do!

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Police Brutality!!!!!  Japanese Lives Matter!!!!!

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I remember a couple of years ago there was a case where Japanese police say on a woman to restrain her and she died because she couldn't breath. I'm wondering if this could be a similar case. It would be interesting to know the results of the autopsy, but I seriously doubt if they'll be made public.

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Isn't it out of the remit of the police to move unconscious people? They should have called an ambulance.....

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Since police are under the Ministry of Defense nothing will ever come with this. The ministry will deny responsibility and if it goes to court, the police will be cleared no matter what evidence is presented of wrongdoing on the part of police.

Has the ministry of defense ever been found accountable for a similar case where someone being detained (but not arrested) was killed? I have a feeling the answer is no.

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I meant to write Ministry of Justice above, not defense. Sorry about that.

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Drunk at 50? Like Russian roulette with the Grim Reaper. Alcohol death is more common with age than most people realize.

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@David

Permanently sober at 50?

The Grim Reaper couldn't come fast enough for me....

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Wow, police have to kill a man to stop him from screaming!

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It's hard to say who was at fault. But I presume the more excited and violent the drunken man was, the more rough officers were to overpower the man. Chances were that the man had heart disease and such. However, it still remains a matter of speculation. Hope they investigate to get to the bottom of everything. RIP to the unfortunate man.

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Isn't it out of the remit of the police to move unconscious people? They should have called an ambulance.....

He wasn't unconscious until after he was moved the koban.

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It is always three or more police. My case it was five. But only one was needed and no restraint. Too many police here. Nothing for them to do. Just drive around in brand new Lexus.

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He was apparently just FINE until they had to SCREW with him.

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Seems that several commentators were there and saw what happened. Well, when facts are few experts are many so I will reserve judgement until more facts are available but I won't hold my breath.

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ParadoxBox:

While the National Police Agency is indeed national and under the DOJ, individual prefectures usually handle these matters. The NPA may come with new regulations later, though.

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Sounds like we are not getting all the info, need to see the camera footage

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Harry_Gatto: Well, when facts are few experts are many 

There are many "experts" on here - they know everything on here

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Was he drunk ?

What was his blood alcohol reading?

More to this for sure !

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