Home secretary committed to solving deaths in custody crisis

UFFC Bereaved Families Speak Outsource: Radio Sandwell
published: 4 May 2015

Home secretary Theresa May has expressed solidarity with those who have lost family members as a result of deaths in custody. In a revealing letter written by May, she echoed the sentiments of families who feel let down by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The families of Sean Rigg and Olaseni Lewis, young black men who died in police custody in 2008 and 2010 respectively, met with the home secretary in January.

Following their meeting, in a two-page letter addressed to the Rigg’s family lawyer Daniel Machover, May outlined key areas of concern and accepted that more needed to be done in order to produce “meaningful solutions”.

On the IPCC and its questionable ‘independence’, May said her office was prepared to study the proposed changes of an internally produced action plan and evaluate whether the recommendations were sufficient enough to steer the institution in the right direction.

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