Police officers in Sean Rigg death in custody case will not be prosecuted

Justice for Sean Riggsource: The Guardian
published: 7 October 2014

Two police officers whose evidence on oath about the death of a man in police custody was contradicted by CCTV evidence will not face criminal charges, prosecutors have said.

The officers were investigated following the death of Sean Rigg, a musician who died in 2008 after being arrested and restrained by police in south London.

Sgt Paul White and PC Mark Harratt were arrested on suspicion of lying at an inquest into the death of Rigg, and during interviews with investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission IPCC.

An inquest jury in 2012 found police actions had contributed to Rigg’s death, after he was held down in a V shape in a prone position for eight minutes. The inquest verdict followed a flawed first IPCC investigation, which exonerated officers.

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