24th Nov, 2020

Family of Coventry man who died falling off roof after police contact appeal for information amid probe

Felix Nobes 12th Sep, 2019 Updated: 12th Sep, 2019

A COVENTRY family is hoping for closure as it appeals for witnesses to the death of David Leon Brammer who was detained by police after falling from a roof.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident on Kingsmead Mews, Willenhall, Coventry on September 29 last year.

West Midlands Police detained the 31-year-old at around 7.30pm after he had fallen from the roof.

David, also known as Leon Reid, later died in hospital.

Ahead of the IOPC delivering its outcome, the Brammer family took to Facebook in search of information.

David’s sister, Christine Brammer, said: “I would like to make everyone aware on September 29 last year my brother David Leon Brammer passed away.

“It is and still is the worst thing any family can go through.

“I am asking for myself and my mum.

“If anyone who was there at 7.30, or before that time, if you have any information regarding what happened – any video or pictures – please could you message me on Facebook.

“If you don’t want to be named just leave it anonymous.

“We have lived in Willenhall all our lives and would like to think everyone who knows Janet Brammer and my family would help and stick together to help.

“If this was your family member wouldn’t you give all you know. I ask you to come forward and let’s get the truth.”

IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said in October last year: “I would like to send my condolences to the family of the man who died.

“We have met with them to discuss our role and we will keep them regularly updated on our investigation.

“Our focus is on the interaction between the man and the police officers who detained him.

“This incident lasted for some time and we gather there were a number of people in the street.

“To help us conduct as thorough an investigation as possible we would urge anyone who saw what happened to come forward as soon as possible.”

West Midlands Police at first said Mr Brammer had been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary after reports a man had crashed a car and fled into a nearby property. But the communications team later confirmed ‘there was no suggestion of him attempting to commit a burglary’.

An IOPC spokesperson told us this week: “Our investigation report was finalised and shared with West Midlands Police and the coroner in June.

“The findings from our investigation will not be made public ahead of the inquest to avoid prejudicing those proceedings but we will give consideration to doing so afterwards. We have been liaising with the family and providing them with regular updates.”

It is understood a pre-inquest review will take place next month but no date has been scheduled for the full inquest.

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