Kingsley Burrell inquest: ‘A naughty policeman hit daddy’

Kingsley Burrell
Kingsley Burrell

source: The Voice Online
published: 7 April 2015

An inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell, who died following contact with police in March 2011, heard how his four-year-old son told his family “a naughty black policeman hit daddy in the back of the ambulance.”

Little Kayden Burrell was with his 29-year-old father when he was taken by ambulance to a Birmingham mental health unit. Kingsley had called 999 for help because he feared he was about to be shot as he visited a local shop with his little boy.

He was taken to the Oleaster unit on March 27, 2011, and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but died four days later at the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Hospital when his life support machine was switched off.

Outlining the case, senior coroner Louise Hunt told how Kingsley was taken to Oleaster by ambulance where there was a struggle and as a result, he was restrained by police.

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