Statement from Chief Constable following trial verdict
20 July 2012
Chief Constable Chris Sims said: "I understand the terrible impact that yesterday's verdict had on two families who were already grieving the loss of three young men.
"It is also clear that the trial decision has affected all the communities of Birmingham.
"My officers carried out a painstaking investigation in difficult circumstances. The people involved in the incident were identified and the facts put before the jury, including disturbing CCTV footage of the event. The jury has considered this evidence and reached its decision. The judge commented that he believed that they may have regarded the event as a 'terrible accident'. We respect the jury's decision.
"There has been comment in the media over the judge’s decision concerning an officer lying in court. I understand that this particular issue is of significant concern to our communities.
“Determining a police officer has lied in court is a serious issue.
“I do not at this time understand how, on the facts currently known, this decision has been reached. Whilst we support the IPCC enquiry, I have asked officers and legal advisors to review transcripts and statements on that part of the proceedings to determine what steps I may wish to take on this matter.
“I continue to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships. I will do all I can to support their work.”