Family of man who died in police custody plead for answers as inquest into his death starts

originally by: London Evening Standard
published: 11 June 2012

The family of a man who died in police custody four years ago today demanded answers as an inquest began. 

Sean Rigg died after being placed in a metal cage in the yard at Brixton police station after he was arrested for allegedly committing a public order offence and assaulting an officer.

The musician, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was restrained and handcuffed by four police officers after he was reported “acting strangely” in Balham by a member of the public on the evening of 21 August, 2008.

But the 40-year-old, who left two sisters and two brothers, collapsed and was taken to King’s College Hospital where he died about two hours later.

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Deaths in custody: RMT meeting calls for justice

by: Socialist Worker
published: 17th March 2012

A meeting organised by the RMT transport workers’ union saw over 100 people come to hear speakers talk about racism, police and the state in London on Monday.

The meeting, We Demand Justice, heard from family members of those who have died in police custody. These included Janet Alder, whose brother Christopher Alder died in Kingston upon Hull in 1998, and Samantha Rigg-David, whose brother Sean Rigg died at Brixton police station in 2008.

Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six and Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four also spoke powerfully about their own wrongful imprisonment and abuse by the state.

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IAP publishes the report on its 2nd family listening day

originally by: The IAP 
published: February 2012

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP) has published a report on its second family listening day held in September 2011.  The event was organised on behalf of the IAP by INQUEST following an open procurement exercise.  It focused on bereaved families whose relatives died whilst detained under the Mental Health Act.

The report, prepared by INQUEST, brings together key themes from the day including family suggestions for improvements to the system.  It was presented along with an IAP paper to the Ministerial Board on 7 February 2012.

The Minister of State for Care Services recognised the importance of positive engagement with families by health providers, especially when things go wrong.

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