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Police news round-up

Issue No. 2322

Probe of mental health cases

A review into how police treat people with mental health issues has been launched. This follows the damning inquest into the death of Sean Rigg. Half the deaths in police custody over the past year have been people with mental health issues.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will carry out the review. It initially said that police had acted properly when Sean Rigg was arrested and died in Brixton, south London, in August 2008.

Harwood accused of racist assault

Sacked cop Simon Harwood faces accusations of racially aggravated assault on a 12 year old girl in 2006. Emilie Diakiese says Harwood punched her in the back of the head and told her to go back to her own country after he wrongly arrested her father.

At the time Emilie was charged and found not guilty of using threatening words and behaviour and assaulting a police officer. She made a complaint but the Metropolitan Police said it was “locally resolved”.

Rodney shooting ‘like a Western’

The public inquiry into the police shooting of Azelle Rodney has heard from two friends who were with him when he was killed. Frank Graham told the inquiry that when police opened fire on the car in April 2005 it was like a “Cowboy and Western scene”.

He went on to say, “Not at any point did they describe themselves as policemen or did I think they were policemen.” The inquiry into Azelle's death in Enfield, north London, continues.

Figure it out

  • £15,000 is the police pension that PC Simon Harwood will still be able to draw despite being sacked from the Metropolitan Police

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