A man shouted “help me” and “get off me” as he was restrained face-down by police officers hours before he died, an inquest heard.
Leon Briggs, 39, died in 2013 after being detained under the Mental Health Act at Luton police station.
A jury was told one witness described the father-of-two as “like a child crying out for a toy” as he was held down by officers.
Another said he looked her in the eyes and said “please help me”.
The jury has been shown CCTV of Mr Briggs skipping between shops and across roads, before two Bedfordshire Police officers handcuffed him and placed him in leg restraints on Marsh Road in Luton on 4 November 2013.