Birmingham & Black Country

Second protest over Kingsley Brown's death

Kingsley Brown
Mr Brown was detained after police responded to his 999 call

About 200 people have attended a second protest in memory of a man who died after being detained by West Midlands Police.

Kingsley Brown was detained under the Mental Health Act in March 2011 after officers attended an incident in Icknield Port Road, Birmingham.

He died in hospital four days later. His family are angry that a full inquest has not yet been held.

Protesters marched from Winson Green to the city centre on Saturday.

West Midlands Police said it had been "peaceful".

'Under what circumstances'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it is investigating the circumstances around his death and has gathered more than 100 witness statements.

Kedisha Brown-Burrell said her 29-year-old brother was detained by police under the Mental Health Act on 27 March after calling 999, saying he was concerned about or felt threatened by several young men nearby.

He was then taken to the Mary Seacole mental health unit in Birmingham after being sectioned.

Police said that three days later, officers were called to support staff at a mental health unit over a disturbance involving Mr Brown.

He was subsequently transferred to a hospital where he died the following day.

Ms Brown-Burrell said the march they organised in the city centre last July was because they had no answers about how Mr Brown died and were not allowed to bury him.

His body has since been released to the family.

Mr Brown's mother, Janet, said ahead of the march on Saturday she wanted to know how her son died.

"As a mother I want answers, which directly focus on how my son came about his death, who was involved and under what circumstances?"

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