Watchdog investigates death of Birmingham man

Kingsley Burrelloriginally by: BBC News
3rd April 2011

Kingsley Burrell Brown was detained under the Mental Health Act last Sunday after officers attended an incident on Iknield Port Road, Birmingham. He was admitted to a unit in the city and later moved to a hospital where he died on Thursday, police said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said post-mortem test results may be known early next week. Maxi Hayles, chairman of the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit, told BBC News Mr Brown’s family were waiting to be told what caused his death at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The IPCC said it had started an investigation into the circumstances around his death. Officers were called to deal with a disturbance at a mental health unit involving the same man the day before he died, an IPCC spokesman said.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “West Midlands Police is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the death of a 29-year-old man who had had dealings with the police.

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