In Handsworth, Birmingham last Saturday a march organised by the ‘Justice4Kingsley Campaign’ in support of a demand for a public inquiry into the actions of West Midlands Police went ahead as planned.
The march attracted around 100 supporters who initially gathered at Handsworth Cemetery where Kingsley Burrell who sadly died eight years ago on 31 March 2011, was laid to rest.
Kingsley Burrell died just days after being forcibly detained by Police Officers under the Mental Health Act. His family’s demand for a public enquiry remains central to what has now become a longstanding campaign for truth and justice.
Justice4Kingsley campaigners were joined by members of the Burrell family alongside campaigners and family members representing the Justice for Sean Fitzgerald and the Justice for Sean Rigg campaigns.
On 4th January 2019, 31 year old Sean Fitzgerald sustained a fatal bullet wound inflicted by a Police Officer during a police operation in Coventry. Sean Rigg, a 40 year old musician from London died in police custody on 21 Aug 2008 suffering a cardiac arrest after being held in a prone position for more than 7 minutes.
Further support for the march came from the Love Music Hate Racism movement and I & I Convenience Store which is based on Villa Rd, Handsworth.
Following a route of just under 4 miles, the marchers brought their voices and some music courtesy of DJ Gangalee and the sound system, to the Birmingham streets including both Holyhead and Villa Road where many onlookers paused whatever they were doing to observe.
It was a vocal and impassioned event from its outset and until the destination, Newtown Police Station, had been reached.
Whilst PC Paul Adey has since been found guilty of lying to the inquest and has been dismissed from the Police force, Officers Mark Fannon, and Paul Greenfield remain employed having been cleared of all charges.
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