Family and friends remember Mikey on 8th Anniversary

September 19, 2011 in Breaking News, Remembrance by Mikey Powell Campaign

originally by: Tippa Naphtali
19th September 2011

The Powell family have held a candlelight vigil in memory of Mikey Powell who was killed in police custody in 2003. The vigil took place outside the Thornhill Road police station, Birmingham, West Midlands.

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Mikey’s sister, Sieta Lambrias said; “On Sunday 11th September, a day many people were remembering there loved ones because of the 911 attacks inAmerica, we were also remembering Mikey. This years candlelit vigil for Mikeys 8th memorial was attended by many family and friends.

“We were also supported by new friends and old including members campaigning for justice for Smiley Culture, Ricky Bishop and Kingsley Burrell. As always the vigil was conducted in a personable and dignified manner. A number of people spoke to share stories and personal experiences.  the vigil also attracted the attention of passers by who seemed genuinely interested in our cause for justice.

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IPCC publish police corruption report

September 18, 2011 in Police & Prison Affairs, Reform & Corruption by Kush-I Sakhu

originally by: The IPCC
15th September 2011

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has published the first part of its report regarding corruption in the police service.

The report, which was requested by the Home Secretary earlier this summer, outlines the various aspects of behaviour by police officers and staff that can be considered as corrupt. It also has information about the number of referrals the IPCC receives and examples of some corruption cases the organisation has investigated.

The report also contains a review of learning and recommendations made in individual corruption investigations. This identified some common themes such as supervision and leadership; misuse of computer systems and policies and procedures – the latter being particularly related to the claiming of expenses and use of corporate credit cards.

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WMPA to investigate the Chief Constable (Powell case)

September 8, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Alison Leslie

The IPCC have upheld the appeal of Mikey Powell’s mother, Claris Powell, against the refusal of the West Midlands Police Authority to record her complaint against the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police. On 16 June 2011 the IPCC directed the Police Authority to record the complaint. The Police Authority should now investigate it.

It is rare for a complaint about a Chief Constable to be recorded and a real victory for Claris Powell.

The complaint is that the Chief Constable’s report to the West Midlands Police Authority on 25 March 2010 entitled “The Organisational Response to the Death of Michael Powell and Linda Burt” was misleading. The issues include:

The Report was misleading about the findings of the Inquest jury in relation to when and where Mikey died.

  • The jury found that on the balance of probabilities Mikey died in the police van before he was removed from it (at Thornhill Road police station). The Report claimed to set out the “narrative verdict” that was given by the jury. But it omitted this key finding altogether.

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