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Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:03 PM

IPC Investigates Brixton death in custody


The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an independent investigation following the death of a man in police custody in Brixton last night (Thursday 21 August 2008).

At approximately 7:15pm yesterday, police were called to reports of a man whose behaviour was causing concern to members of the public in the Atkins Road area, SW12. Officers went to the scene and a 40-year-old man was arrested on the neighbouring Weir Road on suspicion of public order offences and assault on police. He was taken to Brixton police station.

At approximately 8.15pm, while he was in the holding area of the station, the man became unwell. A doctor, who was already present at the station, examined the man. An ambulance was called and he was taken to King’s College Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9.24pm.

The Metropolitan Police Service referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Three IPCC investigators were deployed to the scene and worked throughout the night.

The IPCC has secured CCTV from the custody suite and local area. Investigators have also identified a number of significant witnesses who are currently being interviewed. An IPCC Family Liaison Manager has been appointed and is currently in contact with the man’s family.

A post-mortem will be carried out later today to establish the cause of death.

IPCC investigators are seeking witnesses and will be in the Weir Road area this evening, 24 hours on from the incident, handing out leaflets and speaking to members of the public to appeal for witnesses.

IPCC investigators believe they know the identity of the man, but await formal identification and confirmation that next of kin has been informed.

The man is described as Black and as being bare-chested and wearing white trousers.

The IPCC is appealing for anyone who saw a man fitting this description in the area between 7.15 – 7.45pm, or witnessed the arrest itself, is asked to contact them on 0800 096 9070 or email Brixton@ipcc.gov.uk


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 01:26 PM



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Posted 19 January 2009 - 11:20 PM

Family hit out at IPCC over death in custody ...



"The police aren't 'institutionally racist' anymore !"


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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:38 AM

Family claim cover-up over death in police custody: Missing CCTV recordings from Sean Rigg's collapse in a cage at Brixton station raise questions over IPCC delays

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

IPC Investigates Brixton death in custody


The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an independent investigation following the death of a man in police custody in Brixton last night (Thursday 21 August 2008) ...


Nearly four years later, we have the verdict of an inquest jury ...

Sean Rigg death: Police 'contributed to death' of mentally-ill karate expert when they put him into 'hog-tied' position that restricts breathing


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

"The inquest condemned the use of restraint against Rigg, a mental health service user. But more needs to be done to halt this fatal injustice ..."

Will the Sean Rigg verdict prevent more black men dying in police custody? (click for more)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

The story behind Sean Rigg's death in custody (click for more)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:07 PM

Sean Riggs family deserve a community (not state or 'royal') medal for having the integrity to follow up the investigation into their brothers killing in the manner they have done so. :clap:

I know we often criticise our communities lack of activism on grassroots matters challenging state power but other than clicking petitions, attending marches, the real work often involves community meetings, phone calls, producing articles, talks and lectures and letter writing. Lots of it.

They did all this and held a weekly vigil outside the police station making sure this issue was never far away from the public eye. All the community websites, radio and tv stations, journalist and activists deserve praise for supporting them so far. The next stage is to help them finance a prosecution against the individual officers involved if the CPS fails to act, which is highly likely seeing their inhumane inaction in the Jimmy Mubenga case.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:51 PM

Marcia Rigg: The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth (click for more)


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"The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth, the good, the bad and the ugly, and then we can grieve and get some closure. Sean will never knock on our door again, this isn’t over yet."



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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:05 PM

The embattled police watchdog has announced an independent review of its own investigation into a controversial death in custody after an inquest contradicted many of its findings.

Sean Rigg, 40, a mentally ill man, died on the floor of Brixton police station in August 2008 – less than an hour after he was restrained by four police officers ...


This is required reading for Africans in the UK:

Source: Sean Rigg investigation: IPCC announces independent review of its own investigation into the death of a mentally ill man in police custody (click for essential reading)

In other news, a report of a memorial remembering the fourth anniversary of Sean Rigg's death at the hands of the Metropolitan Police may be found here:

Sean Rigg Anniversary: 4 years on the fight for justice continues (click for report)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:28 AM

Let's keep it simple.


The British nation is a White nation.


An English court is a White court.


English justice is White justice.


White justice is justice for White people.


Sometimes White people are sacrificed to maintain value in the White justice system.




QUESTION

Why should people classified as Black or non-white expect justice in a White court?

Black and non-white people have been made stupid, dizzy, deluded, confused and severely retarded about what Racism is and how Racism works as a result of White Supremacist Racist conditioning since childhood

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:59 PM

While many grown men in the African community can find little else to do with their time other than to flood a valuable African community forum with diversionary spam, it is good to see that the dedication and persistence of some of the African women at the forefront of the fight against the deaths of Africans in custody may be beginning to bear some fruit ...
 

"Police have arrested two serving policemen and a retired policeman on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of a 40-year-old man in police custody in 2008 ...

 

... The IPCC said officers arrested police sergeant A, 50, at his place of work on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice, police constable B, 29, at an address in south London on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice, and retired police constable C, 48, by appointment at a central London police station on suspicion of perverting the course of justice ..."

 

Police officers arrested on suspicion of perjury after 2008 death in custody (click for more)

 

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"The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth, the good, the bad and the ugly, and then we can grieve and get some closure. Sean will never knock on our door again, this isn’t over yet."
 


 



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:31 PM

 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:53 AM

The embattled police watchdog has announced an independent review of its own investigation into a controversial death in custody after an inquest contradicted many of its findings.

Sean Rigg, 40, a mentally ill man, died on the floor of Brixton police station in August 2008 – less than an hour after he was restrained by four police officers ...


This is required reading for Africans in the UK:

Source: Sean Rigg investigation: IPCC announces independent review of its own investigation into the death of a mentally ill man in police custody (click for essential reading) ...

 

 

 

Now the result ...

 

"Within the review's 17 recommendations counted, the most glaring criticism of all is the simple fact that the IPCC utterly failed to carry out a robust and independent investigation - in other words, to do its duty."


Police watchdog IPCC criticised over Sean Rigg errors (please click and study)



... so now they're going to do another review?

 

IPCC to re-examine custody death of Sean Rigg as review criticises initial investigation (click for more)

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:24 PM

While many grown men in the African community can find little else to do with their time other than to flood a valuable African community forum with diversionary spam, it is good to see that the dedication and persistence of some of the African women at the forefront of the fight against the deaths of Africans in custody may be beginning to bear some fruit ...
 

"Police have arrested two serving policemen and a retired policeman on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of a 40-year-old man in police custody in 2008 ...

 

... The IPCC said officers arrested police sergeant A, 50, at his place of work on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice, police constable B, 29, at an address in south London on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice, and retired police constable C, 48, by appointment at a central London police station on suspicion of perverting the course of justice ..."

 

Police officers arrested on suspicion of perjury after 2008 death in custody (click for more)

 

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"The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth, the good, the bad and the ugly, and then we can grieve and get some closure. Sean will never knock on our door again, this isn’t over yet."
 


 

 

 

"The family of a musician who died in custody said they hoped that criminal charges would be brought against officers as they welcomed the reopening of an investigation in to his death by the police watchdog ..."

 

Family of Sean Rigg welcome reopening of police investigation into death  (click for more)



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:46 AM

 

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"The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth, the good, the bad and the ugly, and then we can grieve and get some closure. Sean will never knock on our door again, this isn’t over yet."
 


 

 

 

"The police watchdog has urged the Metropolitan Police to stop an officer quitting so he can face misconduct proceedings after a death in custody ..."

 

Sean Rigg custody death officer quits Metropolitan Police (click for more)

 

 

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PC Andrew Birks is set to resign on 1 June 2014 ... before he can be disciplined.

 

During Sean Rigg's inquest, PC Birks was accused of having “wasted valuable minutes trying to cover-up” Rigg’s maltreatment after his collapse.



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

"The Metropolitan Police has reversed its decision to allow an officer facing investigation over a death in custody to leave the force ..."
 
 
 
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Senior arresting officer PC Andrew Birks was set to leave the Metropolitan Police today ...  not any more.
 
 


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:08 AM

A police constable under investigation following the death of a mentally ill musician has lost a legal battle to be allowed to resign in order to become a Church of England minister.
 
An inquest jury found that police used “unsuitable” force after arresting Sean Rigg, 40, for attacking passersby and officers in London six years ago. He was held in Brixton after being arrested in Balham.
 
PC Andrew Birks, who was working at Brixton police station when Rigg died there in 2008, has been suspended while a watchdog’s investigation continues. The Metropolitan police have refused to allow him to leave the force.
 
Birks, 39, began a high court challenge over what he said was an unfair decision. Senior officers initially agreed to let him leave but changed their decision after the Independent Police Complaints Commission said resignation would allow him to avoid any potential disciplinary proceedings.
 
Following a hearing in London, a judge dismissed the action brought by Birks.
 
Mrs Justice Lang said the officer had applied for judicial review of the decision of the Metropolitan police on 14 August to maintain his suspension from duty under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004 “and to refuse to consent to his resignation in order to become a minister in the Church of England”.
 
Birks applied for urgent consideration of his claim on grounds that he was due to be ordained on 28 September 2014.
 
The judge said: “If he is not ordained on that date he will not be able to take up the office of curate in the parish of Portslade, Sussex, and will have to vacate the church accommodation which he and his partner are already occupying.”
 
The Metropolitan police said in a statement after the ruling: “Our decision to suspend PC Birks, and rescind his resignation, was taken after careful consideration and was based on a unique set of circumstances.
 
“These included ongoing public interest in the case, the need to maintain public confidence in the accountability of police officers and to allow the IPCC to complete their current investigation.
 
“We also recognise the personal impact that this decision has had on PC Birks. We respect the decision of the judge today, who has considered all the evidence.
 
“Six years after Mr Rigg’s death, his family and our officers are still waiting for a conclusive outcome.
 
“There has been much speculation about what took place on the night that Mr Rigg died, but what is important now is that there is a full and thorough investigation based on evidence to finally establish the facts.”
 
Welcoming the ruling, Rigg’s sister, Marcia Rigg-Samuel, said the family hoped the decision would set a precedent for others “who face the same dilemma as my family, following a death in custody”, and “avoid upset and anguish when an officer leaves the police service before an investigation into his or her conduct is complete”.
 
She said: “I insist that the IPCC vigorously and speedily move on with the investigation for all concerned and this government immediately seek cross-party support for a change to the law making it mandatory for officers to remain in post where misconduct investigations are ongoing.
 
“Coupled with that, these IPCC investigations need to be properly funded so they can be competent and fast.”
 
In her ruling, Lang said Birks had considered joining the priesthood in 2001. He was advised that he should first get experience to equip him for the demands of a ministry. “To that end he became a police constable. He joined the City of London police in 2001 and transferred to the Metropolitan police service in 2008. There are no recorded findings of misconduct against him.”
 
The judge described it as an exceptional case in which Birks was “required, against his wishes, to remain a serving police officer for an indeterminate period of time – which I accept could be as long as two to three years if the IPCC finds there is a case to answer – during which time he will not be able to work, either as a police officer or in any other capacity”.
 
She said: “He is being prevented from pursuing his religious vocation to be a minister, for which he has trained for many years.”
 
Rejecting his case, the judge ruled: “Given the gravity of the allegations against the claimant, namely, that his actions caused or contributed to a death in custody, the public interest requires that he should remain in the force to answer any charges of misconduct which may be brought against him and the other officers involved.”
 
(Source:  Press Asociation, 25 September 2014) 
 
 
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PC Andrew Birks was due to be "ordained" as a "priest" by the Bishop of Chichester today
 


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 12:09 PM

... predictably ...
 
 


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:04 AM

Here's a surprise:

 

"The Crown Prosecution Service will not prosecute any officers in relation to the death of Sean Rigg in custody in 2008 ..."

 

Sean Rigg: CPS rules out charges against police over station death (click for more)

 

 






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