‘Who Polices The Police?’


Police - see-no-eviloriginally by: IRR News 
published: 21 August 2013

Ken Fero, director of Who Polices The Police?, discusses the making of the film that examines the complicity of state institutions in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice.

Nearly a year ago, an inquest jury at Southwark Coroner’s Court gave a damning verdict about the death of Sean Rigg in Brixton Police Station back on 21 August 2008. The jury of ordinary citizens were highly critical stating that the police failures to respond to initial 999 calls were ’unacceptable and inappropriate‘ and that the ’level of force used on Sean Rigg whilst he was restrained was unsuitable‘.

In fact it had emerged during the inquest that Sean had been restrained in the prone position for at least eight minutes and that this had contributed to his death. The jury in its narrative verdict described the police actions on that day as ‘questionable’ and ‘inadequate’. The jury vindicated the family’s belief that the police restraint and neglect had caused Sean’s death.

The very manner of the death, exposed by the CCTV footage of the custody ’cage’ which showed the last desperate minutes of Sean’s life, was shocking. The impact of the jury verdict, and the disturbing evidence that had emerged, has since led to a series of inquires.

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