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Three cops arrested in Sean Rigg investigation

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2346

Samantha Rigg leading the United Families and Friends campaign march last year

Samantha Rigg leading the United Families and Friends campaign march last year (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Three police officers, two serving and one retired, have been arrested over evidence given at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg.

Sean died in the back of Brixton police station in August 2008 after being arrested and restrained in south London while suffering from a psychotic episode.

The inquest into Sean’s death exposed the failure of the police to safeguard Sean. The jury made sure to note that they believed the actions of officers involved in Sean’s arrest and detainment could well have contributed to his death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been investigating the evidence given at the inquest.

The two serving officers, one sergeant and one constable, have been arrested on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

The retired constable has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Sean Rigg’s sisters, Marcia and Samantha, have campaigned tirelessly for justice since he died. They have addressed meetings and rallies across the country to raise awareness of Sean’s case and the fight faced by other families whose loved ones have died in custody.

“The main thing we’ve learnt is that you have to take things into your hands,” Marcia told Socialist Worker after the inquest in August last year. It’s not how it should be. When people get the terrible news that their loved one has died in custody they are distraught, it’s not easy to fight.

“The system is against you. But I’ve learnt that you have to get everything in writing, demand to see all the evidence, campaign, march and have a good legal team behind you. But most importantly, you should never give up.”

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