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COPS GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS; Officers 'failed in duty of care' to prisoner who later died.

Byline: Katy Hallam STAFF REPORTER

TWO police officers filmed making insulting remarks about a man who later died in custody will keep their jobs despite being found guilty of misconduct.

Lloyd Butler, from Tile Cross, died aged 39 at Stechford police station in August, 2010, after being arrested when his family called 999 due to concerns about his behaviour while drunk.

An independent hearing into officer's conduct on that night found Sergeant Mark Albutt guilty of gross misconduct for failing in his duty of care. Yet he will only face a written warning for "unacceptable" actions that "fell far below the force's expectations".

Pc Dean Woodcock will undergo further training after being found guilty of misconduct.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission report found officers made personal phone calls and browsed the internet rather than monitoring Mr Butler on CCTV.

They were also filmed making derogatory remarks about him and failed to tell anyone that he had said he had hit his head and was injured. At one point Mr 'Some awful behaviour highlighted': Janet Butler.

Butler's trousers slipped beneath his waist and instead of helping, officers made deeply offensive remarks.

His mum, Janet Butler, said: "The report highlighted some awful behaviour that Lloyd was subjected to and although nothing can ever bring him back, we are relieved that at least those responsible for his lack of care will be punished for their actions. "My niece has watched the whole tape of what happened and it's blatantly obvious that they failed miserably in their duty of care."

West Midlands police refused to name the officers concerned. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: "The hearing found that while the behaviour of the officers in no way contributed to the death of Mr Butler, it was found that their actions fell far below the force's expectations.

"Our public and our partners have the right to expect the highest levels of conduct and behaviour from the police officers who serve them."

An IPCC spokesman said: "The IPCC investigation found the officers had failed in their duty of care towards Mr Butler as a vulnerable prisoner."

In 2011 Chris Birch, a funeral director of Lamb Close, Shard End, was jailed for four months for theft after stealing Mr Butler's ring which had been supposed to be placed in his coffin.

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