From a BBC Radio 4 programme co-edited by Mikey’s cousin, Benjamin Zephaniah.
In September 2003 Mikey Powell, a 38-year-old father of three children, was arrested by the police following a disturbance outside his home.
Following his death in police custody, an inquest jury found that he had died as a result of the way officers had restrained him while in their care. Read a report here >
“It’s really disturbing that these sorts of things can be allowed to happen… Unless you’re involved personally you don’t realise what’s happening,” grieving parent Mrs Lewis told the Today programme’s Andrew Hosken. “It’s got to stop.”
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