Kingsley's family in appeal for calm after cops cleared.
Byline: ANDY RICHARDSON Staff Reporter email@example.com
A COMMUNITY activist who has supported the family of Kingsley Burrell appealed for calm ahead of a rally after three police officers were cleared of lying about his death.
Desmond Jaddoo said relatives of the 29-year-old would "remain dignified throughout" following the verdicts, returned at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday.
He revealed the family were now pushing for a public inquiry into his death.
A rally will be held in the city centre today after a jury cleared West Midlands Police Pcs Paul Adey, 37, Mark Fannan, 45, and Paul Greenfield, 51, of perjury and perverting the course of justice.
They had been accused of misleading a 2015 inquest, which concluded neglect by police, paramedics and hospital staff played a part in Mr Burrell's death in 2011.
It also found that a covering, put over Mr Burrell's head as he had spat at paramedics during his transfer to hospital, should have been removed but was kept in place even after he had been moved to a seclusion room.
Mr Jaddoo said the verdicts had and the black community - but called for restraint.
He said: "We are urging people to support the rally on Friday and show Kingsley's family the strength of feeling.
"The family are angry but have remained dignified throughout the fight for justice and will continue to do so."
The rally will take place at 4pm on Friday outside Waterstones in High Street, Birmingham city centre.
Mr Burrell, from Walsall, dialled 999 from a supermarket in Winson Green on March 27, 2011, saying someone had threatened his young son with a gun.
But police could find no evidence to suggest he had been threatened and he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on March 27, 2011.
He was transferred to hospital three days later after police were called to a disturbance at a secure unit involving him.
He died in hospital on March 31, 2011, having suffered a heart attack.
There has never been any suggestion the three officers were criminally responsible for Mr Burrell's death.
An investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2014 concluded there was insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone over Mr Burrell's death.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Oct 6, 2017|
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