Sean Rigg: police used unnecessary force

Justice for Seanoriginally by: The Guardian
published: 1 August 2012

An inquest jury has concluded that police used unsuitable and unnecessary force on a man who died in custody, with officers failing to uphold the detained man’s basic rights as he collapsed after being pinned down for eight minutes.

In one of the most damning verdicts in recent times concerning a death in custody, the jury in the inquest of Sean Rigg, found that the Metropolitan police made a catalogue of errors which “more than minimally” contributed to Rigg’s death.

During his detention, the jury found Rigg was held down in a V shape, in a prone position for eight minutes, despite it taking 30 seconds to handcuff him.

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During the restraint he was placed face down, with his legs bent back, in a caged footwell of a police van. The jury found that Rigg was struggling but not violent and officers failed to spot the deterioration in his health.

Rigg, 40, was a musician who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

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