Four police officers have been arrested as part of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the death of Kingsley Burrell two years ago.
Kingsley, a 29 year old father of two, died after being restrained by the four officers.
They have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence, manslaughter and misconduct in a public office—after refusing to be interviewed by the IPCC watchdog last month.
Kingsley called the police in March 2011 after feeling threatened in the Ladywood area of Birmingham.
Police detained him under the Mental Health Act.
He was sectioned within hours and taken to a mental health unit.
Three days later police were called to the unit and restrained Kingsley. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died on 31 March.
The IPCC said that the investigation into Kingsley’s death is well advanced.
But his family is still waiting for answers as to how a healthy man called the police and three days later was dead.
They still have no official cause of death and had to wait 18 months before they could bury Kingsley.
On a march for justice in Birmingham in August last year Kedisha Brown-Burrell, Kingsley’s sister, told Socialist Worker, “We still haven’t even been given the final coroner’s verdict on what caused Kingsley’s death after three postmortems.
“We do know that one of them says possible asphyxiation. Why has it taken so long?
“My life will be on hold until those police officers are brought to justice.”
The IPCC has been slow to arrest police officers in many other deaths.
Officers involved in the killing of Mark Duggan have refused to answer IPCC questions about the shooting and the events leading up to it. Yet the IPCC has failed to arrest them.
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