Police officers who restrained musician who died in custody deny misconduct

Sean Rigg restrained
Sean Rigg restrained

source: The Independent
published: 22 January 2019

Five police officers who were involved in the detention and death of musician Sean Rigg have denied charges of misconduct. 

Mr Rigg died while in custody at Brixton police station in August 2008 after he had been arrested in Balham following reports he was bare-chested and aiming karate kicks at passers-by.

The 40-year-old, who had paranoid schizophrenia, suffered a cardiac arrest while in a caged area at Brixton police station and police officers are accused of failing to recognise he was suffering from a mental health illness.

Police Constables Andrew Birks, Richard Glasson, Matthew Forward, Mark Harratt and Sergeant Paul White are all accused of breaching standards of professional behaviour.

It is alleged that Mr Birks breached standards in relation to duties and responsibilities, Mr Glasson, Mr Forward and Mr Harratt breached standards in relation to honesty and integrity, use of force, abuse of authority and duties and responsibilities and Mr White breached standards in relation to honesty and integrity and duties and responsibilities.

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