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Killed by the "Frog's March."

Dr Macdonald held an inquest at Shoreditch Town Hall, on March 26, on the body of Samuel Mahoney, laborer, twenty-six, of Boundary street, Shoreditch. Evidence was given that the deceased was taken into custody for disorderly conduct outside a public house. He was very violent, and to prevent his struggling the police carried him to the station face downwards, giving him what is known as the “frog’s march.” On arriving there they found he was dead. Dr George Bagster Philips, of 2 Spital square, and divisional surgeon of police, deposed that ho was called to Commercial street police station, where he found the deceased lying on his back, dead. The features were calm, and there were no marks of violence apparent, A poet viortcvi examination had since been made, and the cause of death ascertained to be syncope, due to disease of the lungs and the violent exercise which the man had gone through. While returning a verdict of death from syncope, consequent on the excitement of the struggle, the jury desired to add that the ambulance should have been used in this case and should be used in all future cases of similar description, and also that independent medical testimony should be secured, and not the divisional surgeon s; the “ frog’s march ” to be discontinued.

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Killed by the "Frog's March.", Evening Star, Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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Killed by the "Frog's March." Evening Star, Issue 7920, 30 May 1889