Deborah Coles, the director of Inquest, which supports the families of people who die in custody, said the system had again failed to hold police to account.This is the case of Sean Rigg, the floridly mentally ill strapping young man acting aggressively in a public street, who died while being restrained in 2008.
That's right. 11 years ago. And there's been no less than four attempts in that time to try to blame the police for his death. All of which have now failed.
Because they weren't to blame. They did the best they could, in challenging circumstances, to keep people safe.
An initial hearing by the IPCC exonerated officers of responsibility for Rigg’s death, but in 2012 an inquest jury found Rigg had died of cardiac arrest after “unnecessary” and “unsuitable” restraint while lying face down.I'd love to hear what that jury would have done faced with someone refusing to listen to reason...
This prompted the police watchdog to review its earlier investigation. It was another four years before prosecutors confirmed that no criminal charges would be brought over his death, bar one count of perjury against White, who was later cleared.
The IPCC was abolished in January 2018 and replaced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which directed the Met to bring disciplinary action against the officers.And they've been cleared again. What a waste of time, money and police resources.
The investigations have taken so long that Birks is now an ordained priest, although he is still paid a police salary because he was denied permission to resign while proceedings were ongoing.Still, looks like the sister is getting a book out of it, and more publicity to spit her dummy on all the TV stations & radio shows she attends.