By Koos Couvée
An investigation that cleared police officers involved in the death of Sean Rigg is not worth the paper it is written on, an independent review has concluded.
Sean Rigg, 40, died after being restrained and arrested in 2008 in Brixton, south London.
The initial IPCC report found no evidence of wrongdoing by police officers.
Officers from the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigating the death of Sean Rigg, who died in police custody at Brixton police station in 2008, yesterday arrested two serving and one retired Metropolitan Service Police (MPS) officers in connection with the on-going investigation and evidence given at the inquest into his death.
• Police Sergeant A, 50, was [...]
By Ken Fero
Migrant Media has just released ‘Who Polices The Police?’ a documentary on the complicity of the Independent Police Complaints Commission in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice. The film’s director, Ken Fero, writes about the making of the film and on the images that the police do not [...]
The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in immigration detention and secure psychiatric hospitals.
It includes the families of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, [...]
Black Mental Health UK are among the organisations contributing to a civil society seminar included in the UK visit of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent organised by the Runnymede Trust and the Open Society Justice Initiative.
The United Nations Working Group (UNWG) of Experts on People of African Descent [...]
By Zephaniah Samuels
The commitment by Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to refit hundreds of police vans with closed-circuit TV following concerns raised by the Rigg family over hidden abuse of suspects by officers could prove to be life saving.
The commitment comes after the Rigg family met with the commissioner this Summer in the wake of [...]
Simon Harwood, who the Daily Mail called “the thug in police uniform“, is no longer a Police officer. For the second time, his career for the Metropolitan Police has ended, and his pension remains intact. The public disciplinary of Harwood was a vain attempt to inject confidence into the Met, as Tomlinson’s relatives to declared the [...]Read more →
The coroner in the Sean Rigg inquest is expected to take a decision tomorrow on whether or not the death of Rigg, who died in police custody in Brixton in 2008, could be seen to be due to police neglect.
On Monday the coroner already ruled out the family’s submission for the jury to return a [...]
By Matilda MacAttram
With mental health service users making up a staggering 61% of those who lose their lives while in the custody of the state, health campaigners are hoping that the inquest into the tragic death of Sean Rigg, which started at Southwark Coroners Court yesterday, will highlight the need for radical reform in the [...]
Last night’s event at a packed out Friend’s Meeting House in Euston, entitled Resistance: the Best Olympic Spirit, was truly inspiring. We are glad to be able to post the audio of the speeches made by John Carlos and Janet Alder below.
A full report from last night’s event can be found on the TUSC Independent [...]
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