Police admit: “We failed Lloyd Butler”

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West Midlands Police HQ

source: Birmingham Mail 
published: 24 June 2014

Lloyd Butler was failed by police officers, the West Midlands force admitted. Responding to the inquest verdict and the IPCC report, assistant chief constable Gary Cann admitted those involved in his care “fell below the required standards”.

He said: “The jury at Birmingham Coroner’s Court has found officers failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment when arresting Mr Butler, placing him in custody instead of taking him to hospital.

“They also found that, once in custody, proper checks were not adequately carried out and visits were not maintained on schedule.

“We do not underestimate the impact the death of Lloyd Butler has had on his family and friends and the force extends its sincere condolences.

“On behalf of the force, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Lloyd Butler’s family. The inquest ruled Mr Butler was incapable, and according to the policies in place, should have been taken to hospital. I also apologise for the behaviour of our officers in the custody block”.

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