Mom condemns ‘racist’ police after officers gave household the codeword ‘banana’ to go to combined race son, 19, as he lay dying in hospital
- Sheldon Lewcock, 19, was struck by a van whereas out biking with buddies final yr
- Thames Valley Police’s skilled requirements division is probing codeword
The mom of a mixed-raced teenager with ‘a coronary heart of gold’ who died after being struck by a van has blasted police for giving her a ‘racist’ codeword to entry his hospital room.
Angela Lewcock was instructed to make use of the password ‘banana’ to go to her son Sheldon, 19, after he was mowed down in Tilehurst, Studying, whereas out biking with buddies final August.
Thames Valley Police mentioned its skilled requirements division was investigating after group leaders mentioned the phrase was ‘inappropriate’ because of the fruit’s affiliation with monkeys.
Ms Lewcock instructed the BBC: ‘To go to my son he had a password, which was banana, which I did not actually assume a lot of it on the time and it wasn’t till after I realised that it was most likely a racist remark. It is disgusting.’
Angela Lewcock mentioned her son Sheldon (pictured collectively) had an ‘superb character’ and a ‘depraved sense of humour’
Angela Lewcock was instructed to make use of the password ‘banana’ to go to her son Sheldon (pictured), 19, after he was mowed down in Tilehurst, Studying, whereas out biking with buddies final August
Yvonne Yew, editor-in-chief of Studying’s Caribbean Categorical Information, agreed, branding the phrase ‘inappropriate.’
She added: ‘It signifies that the particular person must be black and of color, and usually you’ll affiliate bananas with a monkey. That is the affiliation that I received.
‘I used to be horrified after I heard that was the password.
‘It is a severe matter. It’d solely seem to be one phrase however it’s one phrase that has affected this household and the group as a complete.’
Sheldon, affectionately referred to as Shelly, suffered catastrophic accidents following the collision on Pierce’s Hill, however was nonetheless in a position to facetime his mom.
Mrs Lewcock recalled: ‘My cellphone rang and it was Sheldon. He repeatedly mentioned my identify, ”Mum. Mum. Mum.”
‘By then, I am asking Sheldon, ‘What’s up?’ The cellphone went useless and inside about 10 seconds I had a FaceTime name from Sheldon… he had blood throughout his face.’
She rushed to the scene and sat with him as paramedics tried to maintain him alive, earlier than he was airlifted to hospital and positioned into an induced coma.
Thames Valley Police gave the household the ‘banana’ password so they might go to him.
The drive mentioned in an announcement: ‘We’re conducting an investigation into the password which was used on the hospital.
‘This has been referred to our skilled requirements division.’
Mrs Lewcock mentioned Sheldon had an ‘superb character’ and a ‘depraved sense of humour’.
She added that he had a ‘coronary heart of gold’ and ‘would not harm anyone’. He and his buddies rode their bikes to Sulham Woods usually as a result of that they had arrange wood ramps there, she mentioned.
Thames Valley Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man has been charged with failing to report an incident and driving with out insurance coverage, whereas its severe collision investigation unit continues its enquiries.
The drive added: ‘Sheldon’s household proceed to be supported by household liaison officers and are usually up to date on the investigation.’