Black Lives Matter protesters demand justice for Kingsley Burrell in Birmingham

Human rights protesters are calling for justice more than a year after an inquest found that "gross failures" contributed to the death of father-of-three Kingsley Burrell when he was was detained under the Mental Health Act in Birmingham in 2011.

Relatives of Burrell were joined by up to 100 people for a rally in the city centre to demand action 14 months after the inquest, where the coroner said "no tragedy like this should ever happen again".

Burrell, a student from Winson Green in Birmingham, died at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 31 2011 four days after being detained by police.

He had dialled 999, claiming his life was under threat, but was then sectioned and taken to a mental health unit, before being transferred to hospital days later.

An inquest jury ruled there were gross failures to get Burrell proper medical attention, and that the use of force to restrain him and place a cover over his head contributed to his death.

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(Family handout/Press Association Images) Kingsley Burrell

After a complaint from the victim's family about evidence from three West Midlands Police officers during the inquest, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) carried out an investigation.

Burrell's family have said they are angry at the time the CPS has taken to take action on the decision made at the inquest.

Burrell's sister, Kadisha Brown-Burrell, said the CPS "are trying to resist the decision (they previously made) and hence this is the reason we're having this demonstration."

There has also been a strong reaction on social media from the protest:

According to Black Mental Health UK, those detained under the Mental Health Act account for 60% of all deaths in state custody.

The protests come as officers from neighbouring West Mercia Police are under scrutiny following the death of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after he was shot with a police Taser in Telford, Shropshire, on August 15.

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