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Lloyd Butler custody death: Misconduct hearing call

Relatives of a man who died in custody have called for the officer who dealt with him to face misconduct charges.

Lloyd Butler, 39, from Birmingham, died after being arrested when his family called police because he was drunk.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated his death, in 2010, but have not made their report public.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell backed Mr Butler's family, saying the IPCC report shows he was given "unacceptable" care.

Mr Butler died within hours of being put in a cell in Stechford police station, at 1215 BST on 4 August.

Heart failure

Officers checked on him at 1515 BST and then started first aid. He was taken to hospital but declared dead.

Police referred the death at Stechford police station to the IPCC, who began investigating on 5 August.

Irwin Mitchell said Mr Butler was an alcoholic with anger management problems.

However, at the time of his arrest the law firm said he was not being violent but was unable to talk or walk without help.

He was found to have died from heart and liver failure, according to the solicitors.

According to the firm, the IPCC report found that officers failed to observe Mr Butler properly, made improper records to suggest he had been checked more frequently, and made derogatory remarks.

The officers also failed to report he had hit his head and made offensive remarks instead of helping when his trousers slipped below his waist, Irwin Mitchell said of the report.

'Co-operated fully'

The solicitors said the report recommends that an officer responsible for Mr Butler should be charged, two other officers should face misconduct charges and several others should receive further training or action from management.

West Midlands Police said they had "co-operated fully" with all requests made throughout the independent investigation and are aware the IPCC is currently reviewing its findings.

A spokesman said: "We do not underestimate the impact this incident has had on the Butler family, and the wider community and the force again extends its sincere condolences to Mr Butler's family and friends."

An IPCC spokesman said they will await the results of an inquest before publishing its report.

A spokesman said that in the light of Irving Mitchell's representations one of their commissioners is reviewing the case, looking at any misconduct issues and the question of a public hearing.

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