The death of Kingsley Burrell Brown has sent shockwaves through the community, occurring so soon after the high profile death of Smiley Culture, who died during a police raid on his home just last month.
Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said; “The currency of life is far too precious to be so brutally taken away like this; my thoughts are with the family at this time. I call for a thorough and open investigation into this case”, Archdeacon Daniel Kajumba, Chair of committee for minority Anglican Concerns said.
Bishop Llewellyn Grayham of Church of God of Prophesy said; “We need to see a thorough independent investigation and the officers responsible brought to account. There are far too many cases where a healthy young black men has gone into the system and in a very short time have ended up dead,”
Pastor Desmond Hall, chair of Christians Together in Brent said; “People look to the authorities for protection, but when the protection turns on the people that it is meant to protect, we are in real trouble,”
Professor Sashi Sashidarand panel member on the David Bennett Inquiry said; “There needs to be a public inquiry as this incident should never have happened. Since the Bennett Inquiry there have been a number of deaths of black men in similar circumstances. It is unacceptable in a healthcare facility for police to take over from nurses who are trained to deal with disturbed patients,”
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