Kingsley Burrell police restraint death: West Midlands officers referred to CPS

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Kingsley Burrell

source: BBC News
published: 22 October 2015

A police watchdog has referred a complaint made by the family of a man who died while under restraint to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Kingsley Burrell, 29, was detained in March 2011 after West Midlands Police attended a disturbance in Birmingham. He later died from a cardiac arrest.

In May, an inquest ruled prolonged restraint and a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to his death. Three officers are being investigated.

A statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission said in 2013 it had found there was a case to answer for gross misconduct against three officers, on the grounds of honesty and integrity in the accounts they provided to investigators. A misconduct hearing is pending.

After the inquest the IPCC received a complaint from Mr Burrell’s family about evidence given by the police officers.

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