source: The Huff Post
published: 6 February 2015
The Victims’ Commissioner’s report last week and her remarks about how victims of crime should not feel ignored and confused are welcome. But I was disappointed (if not surprised) that bereaved families of deaths in custody were wholly omitted from the report.
Our criminal justice system has long discriminated against those who have lost family members at the hands of the police. Instead of being recognised as victims, such families are victimised from the very first meeting with the police onwards.
Marcia Rigg-Samuel, the sister of Sean Rigg who died in Brixton police station in 2008, explained how, from the outset, her family were misinformed about the cause of death: “they said Sean suddenly collapsed and died, I knew something was not right”.