Police are investigating a secret Facebook site which has called on police officers to stage a counter protest to a demonstration that was planned to demand justice for Kingsley Burrell, who died in custody.
The call was made on Facebook page “Support for PC Adey” – which describes itself as a “secret group with 1.2k members” – and contains messages from supporters, some of whom appear to be serving officers.
That is a reference to PC Paul Adey, sacked by West Midlands Police last month for breaching standards over the restraint used on Mr Burrell after he was arrested and sectioned in 2011.
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.