At the end of last month the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced, “The IPCC has confirmed that none of the West Midlands police officers acquitted of criminal offences following the death of Michael Powell, 38, in police custody on 7 September 2003 are to face disciplinary charges.”
On 2 August 2006 after the ten West Midlands police officers were cleared of all blame for Mikey Powell’s death, his family said in a statement, “This is yet another instance where a fit young man has come into contact with the police, been restrained, taken into custody and within a matter of hours is pronounced dead.”
The family stands by that statement even more strongly following the IPCC’s decision.
Through the family’s solicitor, they are now considering what other legal channels they can pursue to challenge this decision.
This could include calling for a judicial review.
The family of Mikey Powell believes that there is a continuing systemic failure and complacency within a system that has not seen a single successful prosecution of serving police officers since the death of David Oluwale in 1969.