source: Express & Star
published: 29 November 2018
A mental health patient restrained in a psychiatric room was struck to his body by police more than 20 times before his death, a misconduct panel has heard.
Healthcare assistant Andrew Kelly saw three officers surround Kingsley Burrell as he was transferred from an ambulance stretcher to a seclusion room.
One of the officers used their fists and baton to strike Walsall father-of-three Mr Burrell ‘numerous times’ as he lay face down on a mattress, he claimed.
Giving evidence at the West Midlands Police hearing, Mr Kelly said: “They were trying to get him to bend his legs.
“An officer struck him on the back of the thigh, first with his fists, and then he had a police baton and was hitting him on the back of the thigh.”
Mr Kelly was working on reception at Birmingham’s Oleaster unit when Mr Burrell was brought in by police and paramedics – three days after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
The 29-year-old had been transferred from the city’s Mary Seacole facility following a ‘prolonged and violent struggle’ with police after he threatened to harm medics.
He was face down, slightly to his left side and strapped to the stretcher when he arrived, Mr Kelly told the panel.