Police watched porn while man died of heart attack in the cells

Footage shows police officers watching porn on duty while a man in his custody was dying of a heart attack in a cell. 

The jury of an inquest into the death of 39 year old Lloyd Butler has now ruled that he should have been in custody in the first place.  The jurors decided that Mr Butler was arrested as he seemed to have been drunk and incapable, but in fact he should have been taken to a hospital and not locked up in a cell. 

Footage that was released by the West Midlands Police force clearly shows officers swearing, laughing and watching porn on a police computer while Mr Butler was suffering a cardiac arrest. The hearing also heard that the officers were making personal phone calls and visiting other inappropriate website which included one where women offered sex. The death of Mr Butler in August 2010 led to an investigation by the Police Complaints Commission.

At a misconduct hearing in January 2013, two members of the police staff received written warnings whilst a third one was given extra training. Following the hearing a statement was released from Gary Cann, the Asst Chief Constable which said that the jury at Birmingham Coroner’s Court has found that the officers failed in their duty to carry out an adequate risk assessment when they arrested Mr Butler and had placed him in a cell rather than taking him to a hospital. 

The statement went onto say that the jury had also found that once Mr Butler was in custody, the proper checks weren’t carried out and scheduled visits were not adhered to. Cann concluded the statement by saying that the force didn’t underestimate the effect Lloyd Butler’s had had on his friends and family and that he wanted to take the opportunity to apologise to his family.