all credits: 4 News
published: 1 March 2019
Five police officers have been cleared of misconduct by a disciplinary panel investigating their involvement in the death of Sean Rigg, who suffered from schizophrenia.
He died 11 years ago after being restrained by Metropolitan Police officers. An earlier inquest found that the officers had used an amount of force which was deemed “unsuitable”.
Despite today’s decision, members of Sean Rigg’s family have vowed to continue their fight for justice.
Media Release from INQUEST:
Metropolitan Police Misconduct Hearing
Empress State Building
21 January – 1 March 2019
Following a six week hearing, a police misconduct panel has today dismissed all gross misconduct charges against five current and former Metropolitan police officers in relation to the death of Sean Rigg. Sean, aged 40, was experiencing mental ill health but was physically well at the time of his arrest. On 21 August 2008, he was restrained by Metropolitan police officers, then taken to Brixton police station where he died.
An inquest in 2012 found that Sean died of a cardiac arrest following restraint in the prone position, which was deemed ‘unnecessary’ and ‘unsuitable’. Over the past ten years his death and the subsequent family campaign have given rise to significant public interest, and informed changes in policing practice, and reviews of policing and mental health.