TWO police officers filmed making insulting remarks about a man who later died in custody will keep their jobs despite being found guilty of misconduct.
Lloyd Butler, (pictured) from Sheldon, died aged 39 at Stechford police station in August, 2010 after being arrested when his family called 999 due to concerns about his behaviour while drunk.
An independent hearing into officers’ conduct on that night found Sergeant Mark Albutt guilty of gross misconduct for failing in his duty of care.
Yet he will only face a written warning for ‘unacceptable’ actions that ‘fell far below the force’s expectations’. PC Dean Woodcock will undergo further training after being found guilty of misconduct.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission report found officers made personal phone calls and browsed the internet rather than monitoring Mr Butler on CCTV.
They also made derogatory remarks about him and failed to tell anyone he had said he had hit his head.
His mum, Janet Butler, said: “The report highlighted some awful behaviour that Lloyd was subjected to and although nothing can ever bring him back, we are relieved that at least those responsible for his lack of care will be punished for their actions.”
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “The hearing found that while the behaviour of the officers in no way contributed to the death of Mr Butler, it was found that their actions fell far below the force’s expectations.
“Our public and our partners have the right to expect the highest levels of conduct and behaviour from the police officers who serve them.”