Up to 250 people turned up at a community meeting in
Leon Briggs died a week earlier after police had taken him into custody under the mental health act and held at
Mary Cunneen of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), announced that a criminal investigation is in progress and five officers and staff have been suspended from duty. The crowd applauded.
Someone else shouted, “One law for them one law for us”.
Cunneen responded, “It's the same law for everyone—the Queen, you or anyone.” This was greeted with laughter.
Another speaker from the floor said from the floor that getting justice after death in custody is always a big uphill journey. He cited the cases of Christopher Alder and Sean Rigg.
Chief Constable Colette Paul said that there have been “only three deaths” in Bedfordshire Police custody cases since 1998.
Glen Jenkins, a leader of local music collective Leviticus, said that nobody had any confidence in the IPCC because of the way it has acted in the past. He didn’t want to rely on them to investigate. He said that if the investigation didn’t advance rapidly he wanted people to “pledge to go to the Police Station as a non-violent movement!”
The mother of
A follow-up meeting was promised.