Sean Rigg


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......

Study criticises Met for miscommunication, poor training and excessive use of force when dealing with mentally ill people......

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
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......

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....

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

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

Jury brings damning narrative verdict...

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...

National Fathers Day Vigil marks deaths in custody...

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

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....

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

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......

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....

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

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...

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


Sean Rigg New Nation Cover Jan 09 Sean Rigg Death in Custody

A tale of two custody deaths


How Did This Man Die?

Family of Sean Rigg denied access to his body. CCTV alleged not to be working. Lester Holloway reports

Monday, 12 January 2009

THE FAMILY of Sean Rigg are outraged after being told that TWO crucial police cameras were not working.
Healthy Sean, 40, died last August after being arrested in Brixton. His family were denied access to his body for over two days.
Over 100 black people have perished after coming into contact with cops since the body of David Oluwale was dragged out of a river forty years ago. We ask what has changed?

FOUR MONTHS after Sean Rigg died after being taken to Brixton police station in south London, the organisation responsible for carrying out an investigation has yet to take any statements from police officers.

The family of Rigg, 40, are furious with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over this and a series of other errors or delays affecting the case.

There is still no cause of death after a post mortem proved inconclusive, and the family were angered after delays in being allowed to identify the body of their loved one. They were not informed of Rigg’s death for six hours and were forced to wait a further 36 hours before being allowed to view the body.

There are also suggestions that crucial CCTV camera in the police station and the van he was transported in were not working. The existence of a camera which overlooked the spot where Rigg was said to have collapsed only came to light after Rigg’s family insisted on inspecting the police station themselves.

Difficulties in getting answers has led to a deterioration in relations between the IPCC and Rigg’s family, who want to know how a fit and healthy young man with no trace of drugs or alcohol in his body came to die suddenly.

The family say they were told that Rigg only had a scratch on his forehead, but they report seeing wounds on his face. Samantha Rigg-David, his sister, said: ‘From what I’ve seen, the investigation is a sham.

It’s all stacked against us. You have to push and push and push for the simplest things to be done.’ Elder sister Marcia Rigg-Samuel added: ‘I think we have been told lies and I think there is CCTV footage that would prove this.

There have been attempts to obstruct our search and to cover up what happened to Sean.’ She said her family had never come into contact with the police before the tragedy but now their eyes had been opened to the ‘injustice’ suffered by many other heartbroken families.

The Rigg family have been holding a vigil outside Brixton police station every Thursday. They do not understand how someone who had made large strides to overcome mental illness – to the extent that he worked in a hostel helping other sufferers – came to be arrested by police in Brixton for a public order offence.

Two hours after being arrested, Rigg was pronounced dead at King’s College hospital. Questions over whether the police failed to recognise Rigg’s medical needs also remain. The family’s MP, Sadiq Khan, a government minister, met with the IPCC last week to discuss the case.

The Home Office are due to complete a new pathology report soon.