source: BBC News
published: 4 October 2017
Three police officers have been found not guilty of lying under oath about a man who died while in custody. Kingsley Burrell, 29, died from cardiac arrest in March 2011, four days after being detained by police.
Paul Adey, 37, Mark Fannon, 45, and Paul Greenfield, 51, were cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice by jurors at Birmingham Crown Court.
After the verdict, Mr Burrell’s family renewed calls for a public inquiry. Kingsley Burrell death: ‘He was treated like a terrorist’.
The offences related to evidence given during Mr Burrell’s inquest.
Tippa Naphtali, founder of the campaign group 4WardEverUK said;
“Like so many others, I am saddened but not surprised at this verdict. We are not only up against a system stacked against us, but also the psychic of the public (jurors) who cannot get past the misnomer that officers are actually capable of wrongdoing.
They are almost hardwired to believe that officers acted in ‘good faith’ or acted under ‘pressure’ of their duties. My thoughts are with the Campaign 4 Justice 4 Kingsley Burrell and his family.”
Furious family reacts to police not guilty verdicts
4 October 2017