Sean Rigg: Five police officers could be charged over death in custody


Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

source: The Independent
published: 2 March 2016

Five London police officers could face criminal charges following a second investigation into the death of a mentally ill man in custody.

Sean Rigg, a London musician who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died of a heart attack while in police custody at Brixton police station in August 2008.

The 40-year-old had been arrested while experiencing a mental health crisis and a 2012 inquest concluded that “unsuitable restraint” had been used. He was held in the “prone position” for eight minutes.

Following a second investigation into his death, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The CPS will now need to decide whether to bring criminal charges against the five officers involved.

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