from Socialist Worker Online
10th November 2009
Evidence is being heard at an inquest at Sutton Coldfield town hall into the death of Mikey Powell.
Mikey died six years ago in a prison cell at Thornhill Road police station after being arrested outside his family home in Lozells, Birmingham. Judy Powell, Mikey’s sister, who gave evidence at the inquest, reiterated the family’s belief that police action was racially motivated.
She said, “If it was a white person and they saw the blood they would have taken him straight to hospital and sorted him out and found out what was going on. “Because he was black they threw him in the van like he was an inhuman being.”
Ernest Walters, a family friend, gave evidence saying he saw Mikey standing in front of a police car when it revved its engine and ran into him, causing him to be flipped up on to the bonnet of the car before rolling off the roof.
Ernest said he had arrived at the family’s home at about midnight on 6 September 2003.