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Sean Rigg's family get IPCC investigation reopened

Issue No. 2383

Sean Rigg, who died in police custody

Sean Rigg, who died in police custody


The investigation into the death of Sean Rigg in police custody is to be re-opened, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced.

Sean died in Brixton police station, south London in 2008 after he was restrained and held in an outside cage.

An inquest in 2012 found that the police had used “unsuitable force”. An IPCC report, which Sean’s family rejected, had ruled out disciplinary actions for the officers involved.

But earlier this year a review found that the IPCC investigation was flawed.

His family have welcomed the reopening of the investigation. 

“This is a vindication for the family, we have been proven right” Sean’s sister Samantha Rigg-David told Socialist Worker.

“The IPCC did a really shoddy investigation.

“We made a complaint after it about the complete lack of robustness of the IPCC and the schoolboy errors that they made.”

Samantha vowed that the family will continue to fight for justice for Sean.

She said, “It’s been five years now. If you’re not strong, you can be broken by it.

“If we allowed it, it would have completely broken us as a family but we turned it around to make a difference.”


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