Powell family applaud jury verdict

For Mikeyfrom the Mikey Powell Campaign
18th December 2009

The family and supporters of Mikey Powell have spoken of their relief following a damning jury verdict that he was killed in police custody.

Mikey died on 7th September 2003 after police attended his mothers home in Lozells, Birmingham because Mikey had smashed windows at the home whilst suffering a breakdown. Mikey was run down by a police car and was injured but survived the collision. The inquest heard that a family friend held him in a bear hug to try and prevent further trouble.

However the police discharged more than four times the recommended amount of CS spray on both Mikey and his friend, and hit him with a police baton. Up to eight officers held him down on the ground for at least 16 minutes and then took him to a police station and not a hospital.

Mikey’s sister Sieta Lambrias said: “At long last the truth has come out – we have worked for six years to reach this point – the jury have found that the position the police put Mikey in killed him.   Hopefully this will give some encouragement to other families who have lost someone in custody.

“A chilling feature of this Inquest is that Mikey died in police hands. Officer after officer told the Court that they would do the same thing again. Most expressed no regret for Mikey’s death. We are alarmed about this, and think the community should be too. We will continue to fight to secure police accountability and stop future custody deaths.”

Tippa Naphtali (Mikey’s cousin) said: “In our victory we acknowledge the distress and plight of the many families in the UK that have suffered a similar injustice. We continue to work in solidarity and support through the friends of Mikey Powell Campaign, 4WardEver UK, United Families & Friends Campaign, INQUEST and many more organisations and individuals too numerous to mention here.

“In our joy of this verdict we remain without our loved Mikey, his children have lost a father, his mother and father a son, his family a brother and cousin; and the community a fine and upstanding honourable man.”

Jane Deighton, the family solicitor, said: “Tribute should be paid to Mikey’s remarkable family who, devastated by Mikey’s death, have fought for six distressing years to get to the truth  and to hold those responsible to account.”

See the full Press Release produced with the help of INQUEST >

2 thoughts on “Powell family applaud jury verdict

  1. Whilst this is wonderful news, it is a sad indictment on this country and its justice system that an acknowledgment of such a blatant injustice comes only after a protracted time, and one of steadfast campaigning. Without the dedication and refusal to give up the fight of Mikey’s family the ugliness of police brutality in this case would surely have never come to light. Mikey Powell’s family have struck a blow that could no longer be deflected. And in doing so have struck a blow for every citizen of this country – because there but for the grace of God go we.
    In solidarity.

  2. Wow!!! That news is brilliant. Too many are accused and abused inhumanely in the ‘system’, Too many don’t have a voice and remain unheard, Too many fight and lose the battle, Too many are just another stat … it’s so very sad … but … in strength and endurance and with perseverence, courage and support, surrounded with love and faith the victims & families fight for truth can prevail. Am relieved for the family that Justice has been sought and finally won.

    I applaud the family for their continued persistance in their plight to uncover the ‘whole truth’ and though it took a lot to achieve it I hope their journey inspires and encourages all those countless other’s that are in similar situations to never give up in their fight for Justice.

    “Where there’s a will there’s a way & Where there is faith there is hope!”

    Yaz Alexander

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