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Sean Rigg inquest hears from police officer

Issue No. 2312

The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg has heard from the police officer who was responsible for his wellbeing.

Sean Rigg died in August 2008 after being arrested, restrained and held in a cage at Brixton police station.

Sergeant Paul White told the jury at Southwark Coroner’s Court he had carried out an initial risk assessment of Sean while he was locked in the police van for 10 minutes.

He gave the same evidence to the IPCC watchdog in 2009. But CCTV footage showed in court that White never left the custody area and the first time he saw Sean was when he was lying on the cage floor.

Shortly afterwards White was heard on the CCTV audio telling the forensic medical examiner that “he’s laid down on the floor out there, feigning unconsciousness”.

The inquest continues.

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Tue 17 Jul 2012, 16:42 BST
Issue No. 2312
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