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Deaths in custody: ‘The police think they can walk all over people’

Issue No. 2150

Samantha Rigg-David

Samantha Rigg-David


Samantha Rigg-David’s brother Sean Rigg died in police custody in Brixton, south London, on 21 August 2008.

Along with other family members, friends and supporters, Samantha is campaigning to find out what happened to Sean. She is also involved in the campaign for justice for Ian Tomlinson.

Samantha told Socialist Worker, “The police thought Sean was a nobody, but he was somebody.

“He had his friends, his family and his community. The experience of Sean dying at the hands of the police has made me so angry.

“The police think they can walk all over people. The government, the police, the crown prosecution service – they’re all in it together.

“Sometimes you feel like you’re up against a brick wall trying to get answers, and the IPCC are so slow to act.”


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