Police failings in the care of a man who was able to swallow a packet of drugs he had been hiding contributed to his death, an inquest ruled.
After several hours of deliberation, the jury in the inquest of 44-year-old Leroy ‘Junior’ Medford ruled he died of a heroin overdose after being arrested in April 2017.
However, jurors cited failings by officers tasked with looking after Mr Medford after it was revealed they didn’t know the Thames Valley Police policy over prisoners who were suspected to be hiding drugs.
A West Midlands Police officer has been dismissed following a misconduct hearing for providing dishonest accounts after the death of Kingsley Burrell. Breaches of honesty and integrity, and duties and responsibilities, were found proven at gross misconduct level against PC Paul Adey.
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.