Sean Rigg

NEWS

RESIGNATION DENIED 25.09.14 Police officer (PC Birks) in the Metropolitan Police, applies for judicial review...to maintain his suspension from duty...the claim is dismissed...read full public judgement here...

INQUEST PRESS RELEASE 29.05.14
Family of Sean Rigg call on the Met Police Commisioner to withdraw his acceptance resignation of officer involved in restraint of Sean Rigg.....

THE GUARDIAN 18.03.14
Bereaved relatives criticise police watchdog over deaths in custody....
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FAMILY PRESS RELEASE 09.12.13 This Press Statement is in response to the IPCC’s announcement today to re-open the investigation into the death of Sean Rigg.....

VOICE ONLINE 09.12.13
Police watchdog collecting fresh evidence into officer's conduct - The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has reopened its investigation into the controversial death of Sean Rigg while in police custody......


Your Local GUARDIAN 05.08.13
Police watchdog review into whether Sean Rigg police should be disciplined.....


BBC RADIO LONDON 19.05.13 Dotun Adebayo show
BBC Radio London spotlights BMH UK's concerns on use of control and restraint......

IPCC 17.05.13
FULL Independent External Review Report - HERE

CHUKA UMUNNA MP 17.05.13 Commenting on the independent review of the IPCC’s investigation into the death of Sean Rigg, Chuka Umunna MP said:The findings in this review completely vindicate the dogged determination Sean Rigg’s family have shown in getting to the bottom of what happened to him, and the review supports the serious criticism that has been made of the IPCC’s investigation......

BBC NEWS 17.05.13
SEAN RIGG REPORT CRITICISES THE IPCC The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) made a series of mistakes in investigating the death of a man in custody, a review has found......


IPCC 17.05.13
IPCC publishes findings of independent external review of investigation in Sean Rigg’s death......

THE GUARDIAN 10.05.13
MENTAL HEALTH REPORT DAMNS METROPOLITAN POLICE ATTITUDES
Study criticises Met for miscommunication, poor training and excessive use of force when dealing with mentally ill people......

TURNING POINT 10.05.13
INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEATH AND POLICING REPORT PUBLISHED
An independent report has found that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) must improve its response to mental health to reduce the likelihood of deaths or serious injury occurring in the future......

IPCC 27.03.13
3 POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED IPCC investigators make three arrests as part of on-going investigation into evidence given at inquest into Sean Rigg’s death.......

PANORAMA 19.11.12
DURATION: 30 MINUTES
As the Independent Police Complaints Commission is handed the investigation into Hillsborough, the biggest policing scandal in UK history, reporter Mark Daly investigates whether the body that polices the police is fit for purpose. Panorama hears from families who say they have been failed by the police watchdog and examines growing concerns that it does not have sufficient power or the independence to hold the police to account.......

IRR 01.11.12
On Saturday 27 October, over 500 people gathered to march from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street for the annual United Families and Friends Campaign remembrance procession for those that have died in state custody......

THE VOICE 28.10.12
Grieving families and campaigners marched to Downing Street yesterday (Oct 27), calling for greater action over deaths in custody.......

BMH UK 27.10.12
Hundreds of families from across the country and supporters came out again this year for the 14th annual United Friends and Families Campaign against deaths in custody.....

UFFC 22.10.12
Press Release.
Death in custody families take their demands to Parliament
Screening & Press Conference
11.00am Friday 26th October 2012
Room W1, Off Westminster Hall, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

BMH UK 08.10.12
The piloting of CCTV cameras in the back of police vans in the wake of the damning findings of the inquest into the death of mental health service user Sean Rigg, begins today in with four police vans operating from Brixton police station.....

BBC NEWS 28.09.12
Kurt Barling reports: A coroner in London has said there is a risk to the safety of mental health patients who come into contact with police.Coroner Andrew Harris made the claim while delivering recommendations to the Metropolitan Police following the death of Sean Rigg.The 40-year-old died in Brixton police station four years ago and an inquest last month found officers used an "unsuitable" level of force in restraining him which resulted in his death......


THE VOICE ONLINE 28.09.12
A DOCUMENTARY film about the controversial death of Sean Rigg whilst in police custody is to have its premiere at the 2012 West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival in Birmingham next week....

BMH UK 16.08.12
A public memorial meeting to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of mental health service user, Sean Rigg, who lost his life in police custody in 2008, will be held at Lambeth Town Hall on Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 6.30pm....
PICTURES & COVERAGE

INQUEST 15.08.12
IPCC commissions independent review of its investigation into the death of Sean Rigg...

THE PLATFORM 11.08.12
‘Lessons Will Be Learned’ After the Death of Sean Rigg, Say Police...


NEWSNIGHT 1.08.12
Jury brings damning narrative verdict...


MIGRANT MEDIA 1.08.12
Who Polices The Police?...


CHANNEL 4 14.06.12
Custody death inquest told that victim was 'fit and healthy'...

ITV NEWS 14.06.12
Sean Rigg's sister gives evidence at inquest...


BMH UK
09.06.12
National Fathers Day Vigil marks deaths in custody...

SEAN RIGG
01.06.12
7 week Inquest trial begins at Southwark Coroners court...


BMH UK 14.05.12
Desecration of Sean Rigg Memorial and Brixton Police Station Condemned...


BMH UK 03.05.12
Lack of confidence in IPCC calls for watchdog to be shut down


NEWSNIGHT 30.01.12
10 minute feature on Sean Rigg's Case... view from 30:37

UFFC 20.1.12
No:10 e-Petition
100,000 'Yes We Can'

BMH UK 31.10.11
Outrage at deaths in custody march kettled by TSG police....

UFFC 28.10.11
PRESS STATEMENT.

THE GUARDIAN 28.10.11
Let there be justice for those who have died in police custody The deaths pile up each year, and it has been a shocking 42 years since any officers have been found guilty....

VOICE ONLINE 15.10.11
The sister of a talented musician who died in police custody has urged the black community to support a public meeting about the issue.....

THE INDEPENDENT 24.09.11
Serious concerns have emerged about faulty CCTV at one of Britain's most notorious police stations which was at the centre of the summer riots and a death in custody scandal......

VOICE ONLINE
30.08.11
Thousands expected to attend London deaths in custody rally next month....

BMH UK 28.10.10
UFFC march on Downing Street demands an end to complacency around deaths in custody....

BMH UK 27.08.10
Sean Rigg memorial pushes deaths in custody up the community’s agenda. Last Saturday's sombre affair saw hundreds of people come out in support of the Rigg family who led a candle lit vigil outside the police station where the musician and songwriter spent his last moments....

PRESS RELEASE 16.08.10
On 21 August 2008, our brother Sean Rigg, was arrested by police, “restrained” and transported to Brixton police station in the back of a van. He was removed from the van in a collapsed state and died a short while after whilst in the station yard. He never entered the custody suite door....

BMH UK 16.08.10
Second memorial for service user Sean Rigg set for 21 August 2010. A candle lit vigil to mark the second year since the tragic death of a mental health service user Sean Rigg is set to take place outside Brixton Police station at 5.00pm on Saturday....

BMH UK 08.04.10
IPCC fails to inspire public confidence. The Home Affairs Committee has slammed the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for failing to inspire the public's confidence in their handling of complaints against the police...

House of Commons 07.04.10
Home Office Affairs Committee REPORT. 'The work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission' Published on 7 April 2010 by authority of the House of Commons
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BBC 01.04.10
Ian Tomlinson's death marked at first anniversary vigil... "Everybody saw what happened on camera," said Ms Rigg-David, who asked why it had taken "so long" to bring about a legal case against the officer involved. She said there was a need to bring about a prosecution for one reason in particular: "It will show police officers that they aren't above the law."

House of Commons 23.02.10
The work of the IPCC, evidence session. TRANSCRIPT. Home Office Affairs Committee, Inquest, Rigg Family Member, John Crawley and Nick Hardwick.

YouTube 24.08.09
In loving memory of Sean Rigg 1 year on

Guardian 21.08.09
His family, who have been given contradictory statements about the existence of CCTV footage of the events leading up to Sean's death, tell the Guardian about their campagin to find out what actually happened....

Guardian 21.08.09
Family claim cover-up over death in police custody....

Wandsworth Guardian 20.08.09
Vigil for Tooting man dead in custody....

Evening Standard 19.08.09
His family, who have been given contradictory statements about the existence of CCTV footage of the events leading up to Sean's death, tell the Guardian about their campagin to find out what actually happened....

Channel 4 23.05.09
Police custody death: family's anger. The family of a man who died in police custody tell us why they think the independent police investigation into his death has been so flawed. Emily Reuben reports....

Indymedia 23.05.09
Hundreds of folks take to the streets to protest against police violence, naked brutality and killings in custody, on the United Campaign against Police Violence's first national demonstration – STOP POLICE VIOLENCE! KETTLE NEW SCOTLAND YARD!...

Indymedia 11.04.09
Sean Rigg's sisters attend and speak at the Ian Tomlinson Memorial March, who died minutes after being brutally assaulted by a policeman at the G20 protests...

BMH UK 27.03.09
Vigil for the service user, Sean Rigg, 40,who tragically lost his life after he was taken into police custody...


IPCC
26.01.09
Apology to family for misleading wording of press releases...

New Nation 12.01.09
How did this man Die?

Guardian (Borough News) 8.01.09
Why did Sean die in custody?

BMH UK 6.01.09
Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth to hear questions on death of service user Sean Rigg...

The Independent 4.01.09
Family hit out at IPCC over death in custody...

ITN 25.10.08
March against custody deaths...


BBC 25.10.08
Custody death families in protest


BMH UK 15.10.08
Service user Sean Rigg, buried on eve of WHO report on Europe's mental health care

BMH UK 3.10.08
Funeral of former service user Sean Rigg sends message that police cells are not 'places of safety'

BMH UK 9.09.08
Tragic death of former service user, Sean Rigg, sends shockwaves through the community...

WRP 25.08.08
Brixton custody death anger...

BBC 24.08.08
Watchdog sees custody death CCTV


BBC 23.08.08
Family seek custody death answers...

BBC 22.08.08
Assault suspect dies in custody...

IPCC 22.08.08
IPCC is appealing for witnesses to a disturbance in the Atkins Road and Weir Road area

IPCC 22.08.08
IPCC investigates Brixton death in custody

 



The Family seek answers and justice for this tragic death in police custody....

Sean’s sudden and untimely death has come as a shock to the family. On 21st Aug ‘08 he was arrested and restrained by Brixton police - he died very shortly after...Why? INQUEST JURY VERDICT HERE


Lobby


1. CCTV In Police Vehicles

In order to protect detainees in police vans from police brutality and also safeguard officers from accusations of misconduct, CCTV equipment needs to be fitted in EVERY police vehicle and regularly checked to ensure they are in good working order at all times.

2. Officers To Be Interviewed Under Caution
As standard procedure, all police officers involved in suspicious death in custody cases, should be interviewed immediately under caution in order to avoid collusion. In order to be “effective” in the context of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, an investigation must be capable of leading to the identification and punishment of those responsible.

3. Suspension of Officers
According to paragraph 5 of the Police Code of Conduct which provides that “officers should be conscientious and diligent in the performance of their duties” - If a complaint against police brutality arises, the officers involved should be suspended immediately, taken off duty until further evidence suggests innocence.

4. Full Accountability of Officers
There is a continuing systemic failure and complacency within a system that has not seen a single successful prosecution of serving police officers since the death of David Oluwale in 1969. It is evident that people are still dying in custody, there have been numerous guilty verdicts of misconduct and criminality of Police officers involved in deaths in custody cases, but injustice still prevails. In order to restore the public's faith in the UK's policing system, officers need to face the same exacting scrutiny and prosecution outcomes as ordinary civilians.

5. Genuine Independent Investigations
When misconduct does occur, it sparks intense community concern and suspicion. Openness and transparency around such misconduct investigations is critical for public trust in the investigative process. In order to be “effective” in the context of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the investigation must be independent. Jordan v UK, (2003) 37 EHRR - defines independence as the absence of any ‘hierarchical or institutional connection…[between the investigators and those implicated in events]’. The investigators’ independence must also be a practical reality. Ex - police officers turned IPCC investigators in our view cannot been seen as genuinely independent.

6. Places of Safety
People who are picked up in public places by the police in an emergency are highly vulnerable. A police station is never the best place for such people to be kept for as many as three days. As the government has acknowledged, holding someone in a police station can give them the false impression they have committed a crime. Police officers are rarely trained to manage the needs of people in a mental health crisis. Police stations lack the facilities to cater for people who need urgent health care and they can be distressing environments to be kept in. Statistics show that half of people who die in police custody have mental health problems.

We need to see further action in every locality to ensure that better places of safety are made available and that police stations never get used in this way. Concerted local planning to make alternatives available and to ensure officers know where they are is vital to change the way people in acute distress are treated when they are at their most vulnerable.