by: The Socialist Worker
published: 13th April 2012
London’s Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced his intention to install CCTV cameras in all police cars and vans.
This has been a demand of the families of those who have died in police custody for many years. Hogan-Howe told the LBC radio station, “If we misbehave it will capture it, but, equally, for the people who misbehave or make false allegations, it will capture it.”
But he added, “We have got to have a conversation with our staff because they may feel threatened by that.”
A number of custody deaths are believed to have taken place in police vehicles. And campaigners believe the cameras will help provide evidence in future cases.
One such death was Sean Rigg at Brixton police station in 2008. There are many unanswered questions about Sean’s final moments as he was transported to the station in a police van.
Marcia Rigg, Sean’s sister and part of the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), told Socialist Worker that she was “delighted”.