We do not underestimate the impact that the deaths of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir had on their families, friends and the wider community of Birmingham, and indeed nationally.
Earlier this week, Chief Constable Chris Sims met with Harry Ireland, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service, to discuss what further steps could be taken following the end of the trial.
I, alongside local officers, continue to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships.
The families of three friends killed during the riots in Birmingham have spoken for the first time since eight men were cleared of murder. Andy Bevan was at the news conference this morning.
Tariq Jahan says answers are still desperately needed over the deaths of his son, Haroon, and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir. Eight men were cleared of their murder last week.
The father of Haroon Jahan, Tariq, has spoken of his frustrations at the current legal system. Eight men were cleared of the murder of Haroon and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir.
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Tariq Jahan, whose son was one of three men killed by a car during last summer's riots in Birmingham, says lawyers will be reviewing last week's trial, at which eight men were cleared of murder.
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The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says he is looking into allegations that a senior police officer lied under oath at the murder trial of 8 men.
Yesterday all 8 defendants were cleared of murdering Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, who died after being hit by a car during the riots last summer.
Today community leaders said the police had to start being more transparent and accountable. Charlotte Grant reports.
A once divided community in Winson Green, this morning seemed united in demanding answers over the conduct of West Midlands police.
Eight men were yesterday cleared of murdering Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, who died in last summer's riots in Birmingham.
But it came to light that in the later stages of the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the judge decided that a senior police officer had lied under oath.
It led to an emergency community meeting being called last night, a spokesperson said the people of Birmingham need to move on from this tragedy.
West Midlands Police say the senior officer involved has not been suspended, an investigation by the police watchdog, the IPCC is now being carried out.
Chief Constable Chris Sims has relseased a statement following the verdict of the Winson Green trial yesterday where eight men were found not guilty of the deaths of three men who died in last summer's riots. He assured he will do all he can to ensure peace remains in Birmingham.
"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 Chief Constable went on to say the police respect the jury's decision and commented on the IPCC enquiry.
"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.
The Chief Constable concluded his statement by saying that he continues to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships, doing all he can to support their work.