Criminologist to head up Sean Rigg custody death probe

originally by: London24
published: 12 November 2012

A criminologist will lead an investigation into the police watchdog’s handling of the death of musician Sean Rigg at Brixton police station. Dr Silvia Casale has been chosen to head up the review of how the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) dealt with its investigation.

It will include whether police officers or staff should face misconduct or criminal charges over his death. The IPCC’s original investigation found that police officers had acted properly, but was criticised by Mr Rigg’s family as “extremely poor and ineffective”.

Earlier this year the jury at the inquest into Mr Rigg’s death found that police officers used “unsuitable” force after arresting the 40-year-old schizophrenic for attacking passers-by and police officers in Balham, on August 21 2008.

Physically fit Mr Rigg was being held at Brixton police station when he died of cardiac arrest. Scotland Yard is currently carrying out its own review of how police deal with mentally ill people in custody.

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