The misconduct panel cleared the same officer and two other police constables of using excessive force prior to the death of 29-year-old father-of-three Mr Burrell from Walsall. The two other constables were also cleared of honesty and integrity allegations.
He had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act on 27 March 2011 and transferred to hospital three days later after police were called to a disturbance at the secure unit involving the 29-year-old.
The 2015 inquest concluded neglect by police, paramedics and hospital staff played a part in his death – and that a covering, put over Mr Burrell’s head as he’d spat at paramedics during his transfer, should have been removed but was kept in place even after he’d been moved to a seclusion room. A video which can now be viewed – above – shows his face was indeed covered.
PCs Adey, Fannon and Greenfield – response officers all involved in the incident – told the inquest they couldn’t recall if Mr Burrell’s head had been covered.
published: 18 December 2018