Exclusive: Watchdog urges charges over [Sean Rigg] death in custody

Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

source: The Guardian
published: 23 February 2018

The police watchdog has said that five officers should face gross misconduct charges over the death of Sean Rigg, the Guardian has learned.

The allegations include claims of excessive force being used against the mentally ill musician, who died in 2008 at Brixton police station, south London. The case has caused concern from the prime minister downwards.

The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) believes the five officers should face allegations including the alleged use of excessive force and use of inappropriate restraint techniques, failing to identify and treat Rigg, 40, as suffering from mental health problems and failing to protect him from harm. The Met can reject the findings, but the police watchdog can direct a hearing be held.

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Most Canadians killed in police encounters had mental health or substance abuse issues

Police - Gun & Cuffssource: CBC News
published: 5 April 2018

More than 460 people have died in encounters with police across Canada since the year 2000, and a substantial majority suffered from mental health problems or symptoms of drug abuse, a CBC News investigation has found.

No government agency or police force maintains national statistics on police-involved fatalities, but a comprehensive database assembled by CBC shows that 70 per cent of the people who died struggled with mental health issues or substance abuse or both.

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We must start talking about mental health (and wellbeing)

Mental Health Stressedsource: The Voice Online
published: 28 November 2017

Whether it’s the stigma that surrounds people affected by depression or often inadequate NHS treatment, mental health is a key challenge facing black Britons. Next week a major conference is aiming to tackle the vital issues.

Everyone is still digesting the recent announcement during Black History Month of Theresa May launching the Race Disparity Audit across all government departments, which again highlights the nature and impact of structural racism on the black community from housing education, criminal justice, workforce, and culture.

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