RCMP conduct related to 2007 Tasering death issues final report

Robert Dziekanski
Robert Dziekanski

source: The Star Vancouver
published: 12 September 2018

The special prosecutor appointed to review the conduct of four RCMP officers involved in the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport has officially concluded his work.

In a statement, special prosecutor Richard Peck explains why the officers were ultimately charged with perjury, rather than charges directly related to Dziekanski’s death, such as manslaughter, assault or assault with a weapon.

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Mark Duggan’s family lose new appeal

Mark Duggan
Mark Duggan

source: BBC News
published: 11 September 2018

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in 2011, have lost a new legal challenge against the conclusion his death was lawful. In 2014, an inquest jury found the 29 year old was lawfully killed by armed police in Tottenham, north London.

Mr Duggan’s mother, Pamela, wants that finding to be quashed. High Court and Court of Appeal judges have already ruled against her and now Supreme Court justices said they would not analyse her case.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said justices had decided the application did not raise an “arguable point of law”.

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Met police sets 2019 date for hearings into death of Sean Rigg

Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

source: The Guardian
published: 24 August 2018

The family of a man who died in police custody a decade ago will have to wait until at least 2019 to see officers face a disciplinary hearing, the Guardian has learned.

Sean Rigg, 40, died 10 years ago on 21 August after restraint by officers in London. The Metropolitan police has decided five officers will face gross misconduct charges, but not until January 2019 at the earliest. An investigation by the police watchdog found police should face claims including use of excessive force.

The continued delays came despite promises of reform triggered directly by the Rigg case, and the family winning the support of Theresa May while she was home secretary.

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