originally by: Larry Fedja published: 13 September 2013
The family of Mikey Powell have commemorated his life 10 years after his death at the hands of West Midlands Police by holding a vigil outside the police HQ in Birmingham, and then an inspirational after-event at The nearby African Caribbean Millennium Centre.
The Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice was established by the family of Michael Lloyd Powell (known as Mikey), a cousin of the renowned poet and writer, Benjamin Zephaniah, following his death in Police custody. Mikey was 38 years old and a father of three young children.
The Powell family have announced the final annual candlelight vigil to be held in memory of Mikey Powell who was killed in police custody in 2003.
The vigil will be taking place in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Mikey died after police knocked him down with a patrol car, 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 Case >