Police release custody suite CCTV footage shown in the Lloyd Butler inquest

source: Birmingham Mail 
published: 24 June 2014

West Midlands Police have released custody suite CCTV footage shown to the jury in the Lloyd Butler inquest.
The footage shows two officers checking Mr Butler in his cell while another at the custody desk says to a colleague: “It is no good waking him (Mr Butler) up, let him sleep, we can hear him snoring.”

Mr Butler, 39, from Tile Cross, collapsed at Stechford police station on August 4, 2010 after he was arrested for appearing drunk and incapable. On Tuesday an inquest jury returned a narrative verdict at Birmingham Coroner’s Court, deciding he should not have been in a police cell when he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest but should have been transferred to hospital by West Midlands Police officers.

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Police admit: “We failed Lloyd Butler”

WM Police HQ

West Midlands Police HQ

source: Birmingham Mail 
published: 24 June 2014

Lloyd Butler was failed by police officers, the West Midlands force admitted.Responding to the inquest verdict and the IPCC report, assistant chief constable Gary Cann admitted those involved in his care “fell below the required standards”.

He said: “The jury at Birmingham Coroner’s Court has found officers failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment when arresting Mr Butler, placing him in custody instead of taking him to hospital.

“They also found that, once in custody, proper checks were not adequately carried out and visits were not maintained on schedule.

“We do not underestimate the impact the death of Lloyd Butler has had on his family and friends and the force extends its sincere condolences.

“On behalf of the force, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Lloyd Butler’s family.

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