The Powell family have announced a candlelight vigil to be held for Mikey, 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.
This clip appeared on BBC West Midlands news following the announcement that police and other bodies can now be prosecuted over deaths in custody in England and Wales. The footage includes interviews with Tippa Naphtali (Mikey Powell Campaign) and Helen Shaw (INQUEST).
The main legislation came into force three years ago but ministers gave public bodies which hold people in detention until now to prepare for it. Campaigners have welcomed the change. Corporations can already be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter or for the equivalent offence (corporate homicide) in Scotland.
The Powell family have held a candlelight vigil in memory of Mikey Powell who waskilled in police custodyin 2003. The vigil took place outside the Thornhill Road police station, Birmingham, West Midlands.
Mikey’s sister, Sieta Lambrias said; “On Sunday 11th September, a day many people were remembering there loved ones because of the 911 attacks in America, we were also remembering Mikey. This years candlelit vigil for Mikey’s 8th memorial was attended by many family and friends.
“We were also supported by new friends and old including members campaigning for justice for Smiley Culture, Ricky Bishop and Kingsley Burrell.